CSR : HDFC Bank provides employment opportunities to 1,920 youths 

BHUBANESWAR: Anjali, Damini, and Saifur are ambitious and hardworking young individuals from Bhubaneswar. A year ago, lack of job-ready skills and career
guidance hampered their dreams of securing a job and becoming financially independent.

For this initiative, HDFC Bank has partnered with FUEL (Friends Union for Energizing Lives), an NGO that provides career counselling to the youth.

All that changed however, when along with close to 2,000 youth, they enrolled at HDFC Bank Parivartan’s Career Counselling and Skills Training centre in Bhubaneswar. Through an intensive programme, these young people between the ages of 18 and 35 acquired the necessary skills to become job-ready.

After successfully completing the three-month Skills Training programme in sectors ranging from telecom, healthcare, retail, tourism & hospitality and BFSI, they have now realized their dream.

The youth from Bhubaneswar have been offered employment at leading organisations across the city in their area of specialisation.

The Skills Training project has covered urban and semi urban areas of 64 wards of Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation with population of over 9 lakhs. It has also covered rural areas including nearby villages of Patia, Barang, Nandankanan, Ragunathpur, Gandamunda, Mancheswar, Tamando, and Pandra.

After completing the skills training programme, participants received certificates from National Skills Development Corporation (NSDC), making themselves eligible for employment. Participants who sought job opportunities have been offered employment in the sectors that have received training in.

In addition to the skills training, the bank has also provided career counselling to over 8,000 students from schools in and around Bhubaneswar to help them pursue appropriate career opportunities.

“This is one of many initiatives under HDFC Bank Parivartan, our umbrella brand for all social initiatives. Through Parivartan, we hope to be a catalyst for change in the lives of these youth by counselling them on career opportunities and providing skills training needed for employment. The initiative is aligned with our core value of Sustainability,” said Nusrat Pathan, Head – Corporate Social Responsibility, HDFC Bank.

As a result, approximately 70% of the total workforce don’t receive training and only 10% are job-ready and employable without any training, according to a recent research report.

For this initiative, HDFC Bank has partnered with FUEL (Friends Union for Energizing Lives), an NGO that provides career counselling to the youth. The skills training is provided by Orion Edutech, a partner agency of National Skills Development Corporation (NSDC) that certifies the trained youth.

(Reported by India CSR Network)