INDIACSR News Network
CHENNAI: ICICI Academy for Skills (ICICI Academy) has announced the launch of a centre in Chennai to provide vocational training to the youth from the economically weaker sections to help them earn a sustainable livelihood.
The centre will offer courses on three disciplines- selling skills, office administration and web designing- for graduates. ICICI Academy has formalised the content of the courses for office administration and web designing in consultation with best-in-class knowledge partners namely, Tally Solutions Pvt. Ltd and NIIT Ltd, respectively. The Bank will use in-house expertise to impart the training on selling skills. Together with the partners, ICICI Academy aims to provide world class content and training.
ICICI Foundation for Inclusive Growth (ICICI Foundation) started the ICICI Academy in line with its plan to promote inclusive growth. ICICI Academy aims to train 5,000 youth at nine training centres across the country in the first year of operation. It aims to train 15,000 youth across the country by the year 2016.
Announcing the launch, N.S. Kannan, Executive Director, ICICI Bank said: “The ICICI Group is carrying forward its long tradition of partnering in nation-building, through its business and CSR initiatives. The ICICI Academy for Skills is aimed at equipping the youth with the skills that will enable them to earn sustainable livelihoods and participate in the economy. Through this initiative, we are working towards realising the immense potential of India’s demographic dividend.”
Over the past five years, the ICICI Group and ICICI Foundation’s CSR philosophy has been focusing on four key areas namely elementary education, primary healthcare, skill development for sustainable livelihoods and financial inclusion, enabling people to participate in the economic opportunities arising in India. These initiatives have impacted the lives of more than 10 million people across the country.
After launching its maiden centre in Jaipur last month, ICICI Academy is setting up centres in Chennai, Hyderabad, Bangalore and Pune this week. It has also firmed up plans for centres in Coimbatore, Sangli, Patna and Guwahati.
In addition to offering training free of cost, ICICI Academy will provide uniforms, meals and all relevant course material to the students. Each centre will also have a library for the students to use.