Corporate India is working overtime to design training programmes and develop a pool of skilled employees in remote corners of the country. Prachi Rege watches the trend
Board rooms and corridors of corporate India are abuzz 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 the education is made inclusive and that the aspirants are well skilled, business houses have launched skill development programmes for both fresher 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 the required 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 on the other is launching a residential university in Gurgaon as 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 (SoEM) and a School of Management (SoM).
While SoET will offer BTech in all 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 and will be conducted 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. The training is “on job” and is imparted at four levels—personal, instructional, organisational and social. Education experts train candidates in skills like leadership, training/facilitating, teaching-learning practices, coaching/mentoring, school change, assessment design, child development etc. The Foundation also proposes to start a Masters degree in—education leadership, district education management, coaching for school improvement, instructional design, educational assessment and policy design.
Designed with inputs from experts from IIM-A, the programme will indirectly benefit around 250000 school students,” say Paresh Parasnis, head, Piramal Foundation and Aditya Natraj, head, PSL. "We believe that providing the right kind of support to headmasters and teachers will transform school environment and improve the learning process,” Natraj adds.
The automobile giant Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) Pvt. Ltd and the Reva Institute of Science and Management, Bangalore have joined hands to tackle the need for skilled sales officers. The industry and academia collaboration has given birth to Toyota Sales Education Foundation (TSEF), which is conceptualised, developed and supported by TKM. The beneficiaries of this programme are the final year management students, who have to spend five hours every week in training.
The programme comprises 40 hours of classroom teaching and 10 days of on-job-training. TSEF is focussing on skilling students in automobile sales. Subjects which deal with both soft skills and technical know-how of automobile are part of the curriculum that has been designed by experts from TKM.
According to Sailesh Shetty, vice president- sales and dealer network, TKM, "TSEF will provide the latest automotive sales training to students and encourage them to make a career in sales. Through practical training they will be exposed to the latest sales techniques employed by officers to increase sales in the automobile industry."
It`s not just training, but students who are trained under this programme, will also be recruited as sales officers at Toyota dealerships across India.
1. ICICI Academy of skills has partnered with Tally Solutions Pvt Ltd, NIIT Blue star, Crompton Creaves, Schneider Electric India Pvt and Voltas.
2. Toyota Sales Education Foundation has a tie-up with Galgotia’s Business School, Noida, which offers the automotive sales programme.
3. 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.
4. 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.