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Essar Foundation signs MoU with National Skill Development Corporation

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May 18, 2015 Bookmark and Share  
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  • Essar Foundation commits to the National Skill Development Mission
  • Ajeevika program aimed at employability and skill enrichment of youth launched
  • 1,000 youth targeted for the first phase of skill training in customer service, tele calling and marketing and sales
Mumbai: Essar Foundation, the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) arm of multinational conglomerate Essar, today said that in order to improve the employability quotient of youth in the country, it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) to provide job-oriented vocational training. In the first phase, 1,000 youth across eight cities will be provided training in customer service, tele calling and marketing and sales skills. Essar Foundation shall fund the program to the tune of Rs 40 lakh and provide systematic direction to the initiative. The Foundation shall also extend its support in ensuring linkages towards employing the trained youth.

Mr. Deepak Arora, CEO- Essar Foundation (Left) with Mr. Dilip Chenoy, MD & CEO- National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC (Right))

This collaborative skill development program, named 'Ajeevika', was launched with Mr Dilip Chenoy, MD and CEO, NSDC and Mr Deepak Arora, CEO, Essar Foundation, signing the MoU documents. The first batch is expected to begin training by June 2015 in Delhi NCR and Ahmedabad.

During the signing event, Mr Chenoy said "Collaboration is the mainstay of any significant developmental initiatives and strategic partnerships towards achievement of national goals have caught up as a trend in India, especially as corporates have stepped up their roles with integrated and sustainable CSR programs. We are happy to join hands with Essar Foundation to provide employment opportunities to young people to access opportunities provided by economic growth and make that growth more inclusive."

"Statistics suggest by 2020, India is set to become the world's youngest country with 64 percent of its population in the working age group. This would mean much greater thrust on skills that make the youth job-ready and employable in real market scenarios. We are very happy to partner with NSDC to develop productive, employable and skilled workforce in the country.  Essar Foundation is already active in skilling the youth in the rural and semi-urban areas and with this program, we can take our initiative even further," said Mr Arora.

Based on the success of the program, the scope and profile will be expanded in subsequent phases. NSDC, with its nodal institutions across the country, shall execute the identification, training and management of the structured skill development program. It shall introduce and integrate vocational courses in semi-urban and urban areas across the country. The program shall focus on underprivileged sections of society and backward regions of the country. Similarly, focus shall be significantly on the unorganized or informal sector workforce, where induction of new skills shall provide the edge the industry is seeking.

Mr. Deepak Arora, CEO- Essar Foundation (Left) with Mr. Dilip Chenoy, MD & CEO- National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC (Right))

About Essar Foundation:

Essar Foundation is the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) arm of Essar committed to making positive impact in communities across more than 500 villages of India. The Foundation facilitates development initiatives in line with provisions under the Companies Act, 2013, and aligns its vision with Essar's philosophy of 4Ps – PEOPLE at the core, PROGRESS towards aspirations, POWER of synergy, and PASSION with compassion.
 
About National Skill Development Council (NSDC)
NSDC is a non-profit company incorporated under the Companies Act, 1956 ("Act"). It obtained the license under Section 25 of the said Act and was established as a public private partnership with the object of developing the unskilled and semi-skilled labor force into productive and skilled labor and to establish, manage, run and support institutes and polytechnics for achieving this objective. The main object of the NSDC is to provide employment opportunities to young people to access opportunities provided by economic growth and make that growth more inclusive and shared with focus on underprivileged sections of society and backward regions of the country, thereby enabling a move out of poverty; similarly, focus significantly on the unorganized or informal sector workforce.

For more on the Foundation's initiatives

Visit: www.essarfoundation.com

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