AkzoNobel Crosses another Milestone through Its Paint Academy

500 youths were trained and certified in job roles related to vehicle refinish and decorative paints

India CSR News Network

BANGALORE: AkzoNobel in a gala ceremony held recently at its factory premises in Bangalore, celebrated the completion of training and certification for 500 painters in vehicle refinish and decorative paints, through its paint academy. This marked the beginning of a new chapter for the company India. While around 220 of them were trained in decorative paints at AkzoNobel Academy, more than 280 youths were trained in vehicle refinish by training partner Sambhav Foundation, an initiative of LabourNet. Training in such specialised areas has improved their growth prospects in the automobile industry. More than 70% of the trained painters are already placed in the body shops of leading agencies that sell and service cars from brands like Maruti Suzuki, Hyundai, Mahindra & Mahindra, Chevrolet and Ford.

The event was graced by Jayakumar Krishnaswamy, Managing Director, AkzoNobel India, who was the Chief Guest, and Noah Leo, body shop manager, Sireesh Auto along with several dignitaries from AkzoNobel, Sambhav and LabourNet. While Leo appreciated the strength of quality manpower produced by this training, Krishnaswamy reiterated the importance of sector-specific skill development and Sambhav’s strong hand in providing quality training.

According to Jayakumar, “AkzoNobel is proud to support ‘Skill India’ through vocational skill training in painting. There is a huge requirement for trained painters in the market today. With right learning and practical expertise the youth have a bright future in this profession.” All the trainees were greatly motivated by the event and were upbeat about their career prospects in the industry.

AkzoNobel is a multinational company headquartered in Amsterdam, Netherlands. It is a leading global paints and performance coatings company and major producer of speciality chemicals, supplying essential ingredients, essential protection and essential colour to industries and consumers worldwide. Around 1,800 people work in the six production facilities, two state-of-the-art research laboratories and 75 warehouses across India. The company has integrated sustainability into every area of its business and is committed to deliver more sustainable products and solutions to its customers.

Sambhav Foundation is a social organization working for the empowerment of the weaker sections of the society and enabling livelihoods of men and women. It is working with social outliers by running a school for mentally challenged children.  Sambhav Foundation has been actively involved in awareness activities for urban and rural communities.  Besides driving the nation’s future through educational initiatives, it trains unskilled workers for their skill development and livelihood generation. It has touched the lives of over two lakhs youths by enabling means of livelihood through employability and entrepreneurship.

Sambhav Foundation works through its partner, LabourNet Services India Private Limited, implementing vocational training to enhance livelihood of informal sector people.