One lakh Bengal youths to get skills training

July 30th, 2011 - 9:41 pm ICT by IANS  

Kolkata, July 30 (IANS) The National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) in partnership with a city-based social enterprise is to impart skill development training to over a lakh West Bengal youths in ten years at a cost of Rs.1.40 crore.

“The objective of this partnership is to create skilled workforce by training over one lakh men and women across West Bengal, covering all districts, leading to their employment. Such a programme is essential for fulfilling the requirements of a growing economy,” said NSDC managing director Dilip Chenoy here Saturday.

The NSDC will bear 75 percent of the project cost through debt financing, and the rest will be funded by the Britti Proshikshan Pvt Ltd (BPPL) - wholly-owned subsidiary of city social enterprise Technable Solutions Pvt Ltd - through equity.

Altogether 106,640 men and women would be trained at 78 centres across the state to upgrade their skills. The training and employment assistance will be provided in five trade segments - retail banking, financial services and insurance; information technology enabled sectors (ITeS) and business process outsourcing (BPO); travel and tourism; logistics, transportation; and warehousing.

“The programme will start from August at 16 centres and then gradually spread to the rest of the state. The trainees will have to pay Rs.7,500 for the training that will range from three to six months,” said Santanu Bhattacharjee, director, BPPL.

“The programme will make them commoditised resources. We intend to add two lakh people but the problem is there is dearth of skilled people. We or for that matter any company always look for commoditised resources,” said NASSCOM regional manager Suparno Moitra.

Moitra also said that there will be no dearth of jobs for the people who would undergo the programme as many companies have already committed to absorb the trainees.

“If we take a fresher we have to train him for a year. Imagine the overheads. While with this programme we will get personnel who are trained sufficiently to take up a particular job,” said PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC) associate director Arup Dutta.

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