Global Unemployment is RISING

73 million

youth are unemployed globally

Why Skill First?

I am Skill First is a movement launched by AjnaLens, to address the fast-increasing rate of unemployment. By creating an ecosystem where the youth can learn and upskill themselves, get hired and make their living, we intend to make every youth self-sustainable.


Lacking industry-required skills, people remain unemployed, leading to

  • 1.2 billion people in 111 developing countries spend their life in acute multidimensional poverty.
  • 1 in 4 people in India struggle to fill their stomach every day.
  • Lack of income makes it difficult to meet living expenses, leading to malnutrition and poor health status.

  • A 1% increase in the unemployment rate yields a 14% increase in burglary rates.
  • By age 35, about 64% of unemployed men have been arrested for a non-traffic offence.
  • With mouths to feed and no income, the youth resort to robbery, murder, and other organised crimes.

  • 9000+ people ended their lives due to unemployment between 2018 and 2020.
  • Suicides moved up by 24% post covid.
  • Committing suicide seems the best way out when people fail to fulfil their basic needs.

  • About 1 in 6 unemployed are substance abusers.
  • In the 15-24 year age group, 50% of deaths (accidents, homicides, suicides) involve substance abuse.
  • To get rid of the unemployment stress, alcohol or drugs are often accepted by the youth.

  • Every 1 in 8 people lives with a mental health condition.
  • Depression and anxiety have shot up by 25% post covid.
  • Every 1 in 9 people does not have enough food to lead a healthy, active life. Unemployment brings low self-esteem and confidence, impacting psychological and physical health drastically.


Building a skill-first world with equal economic opportunities

By training and upskilling youth in industry-relevant skills in a fast and efficient way, we can prepare them for the jobs of tomorrow and/or employable.


Strive to be Skill-first

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Skill-first employment needs policies

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Policies need all-around support

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Support needs awareness


Lead the change

Spread the voice to 1 Billion people. Reach those who believe that skills matter more than certifications.