Ambuja Cement Foundation (ACF), which has been playing a crucial role in West Bengal’s Skill Development Mission, today announced it aims to reach the mark of 12,000 youngsters being trained in different skills by 2020 to enhance their employability while emphasising on the need for enhanced partnerships to bridge the gap of skills required by the industries in the state and across India.
ACF organized ‘Skill India – Enhancing Capabilities, Empowering Lives’ where the Ambuja Cements Ltd’s CSR arm elaborated that 5,587 people have been trained so far in technical and functional skills through its Skill and Entrepreneurship Development Institutes (SEDI) in the eastern region – Sankrail and Farakka in West Bengal and Bhatapara in Chhattisgarh— and achieved a commendable 61% placement rate.
Speaking at the event, ACF Head Pearl Tiwari said, “As India continues to gain ground as a globalized nation, the competition for growth and jobs will intensify and hence it is imperative for the various stakeholders to collaborate and bridge the existing gaps. We welcome all kinds of synergies and open to work in partnership with corporates, co5sulting firms, government agencies, financial institutions, NGOs and training institutes.”
“Our teams have carried out exemplary work in nurturing the local talent and equipping them for employment which in turn has contributed positively to the regions’ economic progress,” Mrs Tiwari added.
The ‘Skill India’ platform served as a thought leadership forum for the stakeholders to share their experiences and vision for skill development, discussed opportunities and challenges. Among those participated included Guests of Honour Col Inder Gahlaut, CEO, Capital Goods Sector Skill Councils; Dr. Dinesh Awasthi, Former Director, Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India (EDI); Sarda Nath, Asistant General Manager, National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) and Dr. Ratikanta Ghosh, Professor, Bidhan Chandra Krishi Viswa Vidyalaya (BCKV).
The panel discussion on ‘Trends in skill training, challenges and opportunities’ by the key stakeholders echoed the need for greater collaboration to develop skills of people to meet the industries’ requirements.
Since 2006, ACF has been spearheading a nationwide skill development campaign through the state-of-the-art SEDI centres, providing formal training to rural youth in different skills customised to meet the needs of industries. The SEDIs have till date empowered more than 32,000 youth across 20 locations in the country with a 74% job placement rate and plans to train one lakh youth by 2025 comprising 30% females.