Balconagar (India CSR): The Bharat Aluminium Company Limited (BALCO), India’s iconic aluminium producer and a subsidiary of Vedanta Aluminium Business, has trained nearly 600 youth of Chhattisgarh through the Vedanta Skill Schools in Korba, Kawardha and Mainpat in FY22. Most of the graduates have found employment with India’s leading companies in power, steel, automotive, solar and hospitality industries.
The Vedanta Skill School provides robust technical education to trainees, preparing them for vocations that enable them to become financially self-reliant. The institute imparts free residential training in six trades of food & beverages, welding, sewing machine operation, solar PV technician, electrician and fitter, and helps the trainees with placements in companies of repute.
The 45-65 days training programme is designed as per the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) guidelines and around 10,000 youth from Chhattisgarh have been trained since inception. Vedanta Skill School has been imparting these trainings in convergence with government schemes like Mukhya Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (MMKVY), NABARD, Skill India Impact Bond (SIIB) and National institute of Solar Energy (NISE).
Sharing his views on Vedanta Skill School improving the lives of local youth, Mr. Abhijit Pati, CEO and Director, BALCO, says, “At Vedanta, sustainable livelihood development is a key pillar in our community development endeavours. With the right skills and education, our youth canplay a pivotal role in shaping the future of Chhattisgarh and India. Through the Vedanta Skill Schools, we aim to foster avenues for skill development among the local youth, helping them avail opportunities to learn employable skills, thus paving way for their financial security and holistic development.BALCO believes in enabling each individual in the community with the resources they need to empower themselves, and our various community development programmes are aligned to that vision.”
Expressing her gratitude, Santoshi Dhurve, a student of the Vedanta Skill School who is now employed in a prominent textile company, says, “I am deeply thankful to the Vedanta Skill School for enabling me to take care of my family independently. The institute has been instrumental in transforming my life and making me self-reliant.”
Sandeep Kumar Rai, HR Manager at Hotel Babylon International in Raipur, which recruits from Vedanta Skill School, says, “I would like to appreciate the skill development programme of BALCO. The candidates of Vedanta Skill School working in our organization have displayed exemplary professional skills. I would also like to refer the candidates from this institute in my peer community as well.”
Bharat Aluminium Company Limited (BALCO) is India’s iconic aluminium producer. It is owned 49% by the Government of India and 51% by Vedanta Limited. BALCO is part of Vedanta Aluminium, a business of Vedanta Limited, which is India’s largest producer of aluminium. BALCO operates a 0.57 million tonne per annum aluminium smelter in Korba, Chhattisgarh. It is also a leader in value-added aluminium products that find critical applications in core industries. With its world-class smelter and power plants, the company fulfills its mission of spurring emerging applications of aluminium as the ‘Metal of the Future’ for a greener tomorrow.