In line with Skill India, and Dalmia Bharat Foundation’s focus on Corporate Social Responsibility, the company has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) to impart vocational training and skills to 60,000 unemployed youth across the country.

The MoU stands for a 10 year commitment, during which vocational training will be imparted to benefit the country’s youth across various sectors i.e.: apparel, beauty and wellness, retail, auto, healthcare, construction, agriculture, security, plumbing, servicing capital goods. Some of the job roles identified under these sectors are that of a Dalmia Cementfitter, instrumentation mechanic, electrician etc. The duration of these training programmes will vary from three to six months. Upon successful completion, trainees will receive a certificate from Sector Skills Councils (SSCs).

The first year of this partnership will see three training centres at Trichy, Rourkela and Belgaum being set-up that will roll out skill training for local youth. Dalmia Bharat Foundation’s overall target is to set up a network of eight Livelihood Skills Training Centres at Tamil Nadu (Trichy), Andhra Pradesh (Kadapa), Karnataka (Belgaum), Uttar Pradesh (Sitapur), Assam (Guwahati), Odisha (Rourkela and Cuttack) and Jharkhand (Bokaro). In addition to these new facilities, existing ITIs at Dalmiapuram and Rajganjpur and one
handloom cum weaving training center at Umrongso (Assam) will also be leveraged.

Applauding the partnership, Mr. Gautam Dalmia, Managing Director, Dalmia Bharat Group said, “Knowledge sharing an skill up-gradation is one of our key focus areas. Our partnership with NSDC has enabled us to design new vocational training and skill building programs which have a direct bearing on employment. This joint programme will help in bridging the employability gap and creating a specialized, skilled workforce.”

Appreciating the joint initiative, Mr. Jayant Krishna, CEO, NSDC said, “Collaboration is the mainstay of any significant developmental initiative and strategic partnership towards achievement of national goals like those of Skill India. Corporates are now stepping up their roles with integrated and sustainable CSR programs and we see strong contributions from the industry now. We are happy to join hands with Dalmia Bharat Foundation on the skills agenda and jointly extend opportunities to the youth so that they can add to their personal as well as to the country’s economic growth. I hope many other corporates find this as a motivation and invest in our country’s youth through skill development.”

Under the umbrella of this programme, 70% of the candidates will be assured employment in sectors and job roles in which they get trained.