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ICICI Academy for Skills celebrates World Youth Skills Day Posted On 16th July 2019 : Posted By VISHAL MEDIA
ICICI Academy for Skills celebrates World Youth Skills Day
ICICI Academy in Durg has trained over 6,400 less privileged youth in the city
Raipur, 16th July 2019 : On the occasion of World Youth Skills Day, ICICI Academy for Skills (ICICI Academy), a skill development academy set up by ICICI Foundation for Inclusive Growth (ICICI Foundation), said that it has provided free-of-cost skill training to over 6400 individuals at its centre in Durg. ICICI Academy offers vocational training to less privileged youth to help them earn a sustainable livelihood.
ICICI Academy for Skills, started in October 2013, aims to provide relevant and practical training to the underprivileged youth in 12 disciplines, namely: Selling Skills, Office Administration, Electrical & Home Appliance Repair, Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Repair, Central Air Conditioning, Pumps & Motor Repair, Paint Application Techniques, Tractor Mechanic, Two & Three Wheeler Service Technician, Retail Sales, Assistant Beauty Therapist and Home Health Aide. All the students are also trained in specific life skills such as etiquette & grooming, communication, basics about computer and financial literacy which helps them adapt to an organised work environment. In addition to training, ICICI Academy provides uniforms, meal and all relevant course material to the trainees.
ICICI Academy reaches out to target segments through multiple channels depending on relevance in a particular geography. This includes conducting awareness programs in communities, arranging youth counselling sessions in various parts of the state, taking the help of the state government to mobilise candidates, taking help from NGOs, evaluating referrals and walk-in candidates as well as references from employers.
Established on March 24, 2015, the centre at Durg imparts free skill training to less privileged youth and offers a three months course in the areas of ‘Selling Skills’, ‘Office Administration’, ‘Centralised Air Conditioning’, ‘Refrigeration & Air Conditioning’ and ‘Electrical & Home Appliance Repair’. Less privileged individuals who have completed education till at least standard 8th and are between 18-30 years of age can apply for these courses.
The Academy in Durg has tied up with Tally Solutions, Voltas, Blue Star and Schneider Electric as knowledge partners to develop the course curriculum. It has also tied up with over 400 employers as Industry Partners to provide employment opportunities to the students who get trained at the centre. In addition to ICICI Bank, organisations like Annapurna Finance, Future Retail (Big Bazar), Pantaloons (Aditya Birla Fashion & Retail Ltd.) and Caravan Appliances, among others have recruited trainees from the academy at Durg. At present, there are over 330 students undergoing training at the ICICI Academy in Durg. The Academy has so far provided 100% placement to all its eligible trained youth. Since inception, the academy in Durg has trained over 6400 individuals.
Speaking about ICICI Academy, Mr. Anup Bagchi, Executive Director, ICICI Bank and Member of the Governing Council, ICICI Foundation for Inclusive Growth said: “ICICI Foundation launched ICICI Academy for Skills in 2013 to contribute to the promotion of inclusive growth in India by providing the under-privileged youth with an opportunity to learn locally relevant skills. The programmes of the academy are planned with an intention to reduce the dearth of skilled personnel and the lack of access to job markets. Additionally, these programmes are focussed on offering industry-relevant practical training that can ensure a sustainable livelihood for the youth on a local level.
As of now, the ICICI Academy for Skills has 25 centres across the country offering courses in 12 disciplines. The skill academies have trained over 1.2 lakh people since inception of which over 48,000 are women. I am also pleased to say that the academies have continued to achieve 100% placement for all their trained youth. Our efforts are not only making the youth financially independent but also making the local economy more vibrant.
Today, through its initiatives - ICICI Academy for Skills, ICICI Rural Self Employment Training Institutes (RSETIs) and skill development training at over 1,200 villages - ICICI Foundation has trained over four lakh individuals towards sustainable livelihood, of which 54% are women.”
About ICICI Foundation for Inclusive Growth (ICICI Foundation): It was founded by the ICICI Group in early 2008, with a view to carry forward and build upon ICICI Group's legacy of promoting inclusive growth. ICICI Foundation seeks to promote inclusive growth in India by contributing to the key enablers required for widespread participation in economic opportunities in the country. Through focused initiatives in the identified areas including skill development, sustainable livelihood and financial inclusion, ICICI Foundation is working towards building capabilities and developing innovative models that can be replicated and scaled up in future. It operates through ICICI Academy for Skills, ICICI RSETIs and Rural Initiatives. Since inception, ICICI Foundation has imparted skill training to over four lakh people through all its initiatives.
About Rural Initiatives: In 2016, the ICICI Foundation for Inclusive Growth started a programme for enabling sustainable livelihood through skill development at villages. This initiative aims at taking a holistic approach towards the development of rural India. The programme offers vocational training to the villagers based on the local needs and helps establish market linkages for them to earn a sustainable livelihood. It aims at improving the income levels of villagers through earnings from new skills or through process improvements in their existing occupations. Training is imparted in over 50 locally relevant skills. The programme also includes a module on Entrepreneurship Development which is an integral part of the curricula. Through this project, ICICI Foundation has trained more than 1.98 lakh villagers in over 1,200 villages across 29 states. Out of this 63% are women. The availability of a sustainable livelihood at these villages now discourages individuals from migrating to urban locations in search of jobs.
About ICICI Rural Self Employment Training Institutes (RSETIs): ICICI Foundation also undertakes skill development activities through the RSETIs in Udaipur and Jodhpur districts of Rajasthan. The RSETIs operate two residential centres in these districts along with 16 non-residential centres across various blocks within these districts to provide training to semi-urban and rural underprivileged. The centres impart skill training in over 30 diversified trades based on the requirements of the local economy. Since inception, ICICI RSETIs have trained over 83,500 people of which 54% are women.
Overall Impact: Through the above initiatives, ICICI Foundation has completed the training of over four lakh people. We aim at reaching the milestone of providing training to five lakh people by FY20.
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