Board rooms and corridors of corporate India are a buzz with new mantras like capacity building and skill driven employment. Companies are looking for job-ready employees. However, the large numbers of graduates that enter the country’s workforce every year are not necessarily trained for the job they take up. In order to ensure that education is inclusive and that aspirants are well skilled, business houses have launched skill development programmes for both freshers and professionals in different parts of the country.
ICICI Bank for instance, has launched the ICICI Academy of Skills with centres in Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad and Pune. So if you are a graduate from any field, and are interested in working as an office administrator or a web designer, then sign up here. But to be eligible you got to belong to the economically weaker section of the society.
Rajiv Sabharwal, executive director, ICICI Bank says, “We want to equip the youth with skills that will enhance their ability to earn a sustainable livelihood and participate in India’s economic growth. We would like to lend a helping hand in nurturing the immense potential of India’s demographic dividend.” The Academy has Tally Solutions Pvt. Ltd. and NIIT Ltd., as their knowledge partners.
The centre will train about 300 students every year. The duration of the courses is between 8 - 12 weeks. The centre also offers programmes in electrical and home appliance repair, refrigeration and air conditioning repair and motor and pump repair. Since the primary focus of the initiative is to create livelihood through skill building, ICICI Foundation will offer the trained students an online placement portal. Employers keen to consider such trained youth can register and get in touch with the applicants.
The Hero Group is launching a residential university in Gurgaon.According to Akshay Munjal, executive director, BML Educorp Services, “There is a tremendous gap in the higher education system of our country. Our universities are still not world class especially when it comes to research.”
The new institution called the BML Munjal University (BMU) will be fully residential and will house a School of Engineering and Technology (SoET) and a School of Management (SoM). While SoET will offer BTech in the major branches of engineering, management courses at SoM will be designed by professors from Imperial College of London.
The engineering course will be 40 per cent practical training at the ‘Workshop of the Future’, a lab setup in collaboration with Siemens PLM Software. “We want students who would want to experiment with life rather than stick to bookish knowledge,” says Munjal.
Under their Piramal School of Leadership (PSL), the Piramal Foundation has started a three-year programme in leadership development, where principals and teachers of government schools in some districts of Rajasthan are trained in leadership skills.
ICICI Academy of skills has partnered with Tally Solutions Pvt Ltd, NIIT Blue star, Crompton Creaves, Schneider Electric India Pvt and Voltas
Toyota Sales Education Foundation has a tie-up with Galgotia’s Business School, Noida, which offers the automotive sales programme
Hero Group has launched other educational institutions like BCM School, Raman Munjal Vidya Mandir, BML Munjal Vidya Mandir, Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, BCM College of Education
Piramal Foundation for Education Leadership also runs a Piramal fellowship programme where over 100 young students from colleges and B-schools across India assist and train school headmasters in formulating and executing programmes that have a positive and measurable impact on the school’s performance.