ICICI Academy for Skills empowers 1200 underprivileged youths in Chhattisgarh with 100% placement

In the partnership with the Chhattisgarh Govt, ICICI Academy is being run under the public-private partnership (PPP) model to provide vocational training to underprivileged youths in the state.

Reported by Rusen Kumar from Bhilai

BHILAI (Chhattisgarh): Bhilai Center of ICICI Academy for Skills (ICICI Academy), an institute of ICICI Foundation since its launch in March 2015, the has trained over 1200 youths of Chhattisgarh state, Chinmay Sengupta, Cheif Operating Officer, ICICI Foundation said India CSR  here in steel city Bhilai today in a conference call.

ICICI Bank Skill Development Centre in Bhilai Durg (1) A team of local journalists also visited the centre to see the ground impact of the initiative.

“Centre is running successfully and we are getting full necessary support from the Chhattisgarh Govt. It has emerged as unique model of skill development training centre for the state. We insure 100% job placement to the trainees”, he added.

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Bhilai Centre is one of the six Academy centres that provide training to day scholars as well as residential students, which offers 12 week courses in six areas of Office Administration, Central Air Conditioning, Refrigeration & Air Conditioning repair, Electrical & Home Appliance repair, Selling skills and Paint Application Techniques. Youths who are 8 class pass out and are in the age group of 18 to 30 years are availing the training facilities.

The government of Chattisgarh helps in mobilizing candidates for the centre. The government utilises various channels for the mobilization of the candidates like the Lok Suraj Abhiyan, Kaushal Mela, job fairs, Municipal Corporation, Gram Panchayat, Zilla Panchayat, and Panchayat Secretaries.

ICICI Bank Skill Development Centre in Bhilai Durg (2)The centre has tied up with industry partners to provide employment opportunities to the trained youth. Trainees who have completed the course have been offered placement with companies like P. C. Jewellers, Axis Bank, McDonalds India, Ortel Communication Ltd, Fullerton India Credit Company Limited, Home Credit India Finance Pvt Ltd and Air Comfort, among others.icici

The Academy aims to provide relevant and practical training to the underprivileged youth in 13 disciplines. They are: Selling skills, Office Administration, Web Designing, Electrical & Home Appliance repair, Refrigeration & Air Conditioning repair, Central Air Conditioning, Pumps & Motor repair, Retail Café Operations, Paint Application Techniques, Tractor Mechanic, Lab Assistant at Diagnostic centres, Two & Three Wheeler Service Technician and Retail Sales. The students are also trained in specific life skills such as Communication, Finance, Etiquette and Grooming which help them adapt to an organised work environment. In addition to training, ICICI Academy provides uniforms, meals and all relevant course material to the trainees.

ICICI Academy reaches out to target segments through multiple channels depending on relevance in a particular geography. This includes conducting awareness programs in different communities, arranging youth counselling sessions in various parts of the state, taking the help of the state government to mobilise candidates, taking help from NGOs, evaluating referrals and walk-in candidates as well as references from employers.

ICICI Academy is an institute set up by the ICICI Foundation for Inclusive Growth to provide vocational training to the youth from economically weaker sections to help them earn a sustainable livelihood. Since its inception in October 2013, ICICI Academy has set up 22 centres across the country, including 10 exclusively for the training of women.

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