Tata Chemicals‘ flagship CSR programme Apprenticeship Training School (ATS) in Mithapur has been empowering the local youths for over 60 years with a goal to provide specialized industrial training and apprenticeship. This programme was established in 1954 and since then it has trained lakhs of youths to develop skills on the field thereby, empowering and making them self-sufficient to work in any manufacturing industry across sectors, the company said.
R. Nanda, Chief Human Resources Officer, Tata Chemicals, said, “As we observe the World Youth Skills Day today in a challenging context, rising youth unemployment has become of the most significant issues at hand in today’s world, for developed and developing countries alike. In post-COVID-19 world, as young people are called upon to contribute to the recovery effort, they will need to be equipped with the skills to successfully manage evolving challenges and the resilience to adapt to future disruptions.”
“Initiatives like the ‘Apprentice Training School’ will continue to encourage the youth to follow the right direction and give them hope in a world filled with uncertainties. We, at Tata Chemicals have been committed to support the livelihoods of the local community by way of providing skill training for years. It is the reaffirmation of our commitment to train and develop the local youths in the skills required for a resurgent India”, R. Nanda added.
Since inception, The company has invested heavily in the Apprenticeship Training programme to produce qualified and skilled technicians who then gain employment not only with Tata Chemicals but also with other manufacturing industries across India. To encourage these youths, the company offers them stipend during the course which in turn boosts their morale.
Students who complete their course at ATS are in great demand for the skills they possess and they secure employment opportunities not only at the manufacturing facility of Tata Chemicals but in several leading industries in the region. The ATS strives to empower local youth by ensuring that 75-80 % of its students are locals. Currently, the ATS has 187 students in the various trades of Maintenance & Operations.
These include Boiler Attendants, Electricians, Fitters, Instrument Technicians, and Computer Operators etc. The ATS faculty has Industry experience so that they can relate more with the practical requirements of an industry. The credibility of the ATS can be gauged by the fact that it has notched up a record of nearly 100% placement of its students for the last 10 years.