Corporates are giving back to the society through their CSR initiatives. Further, the investment potential under CSR is expanding with the revision in the Companies Act, 2013. Under CSR, a large number of corporates are focusing on employability based skilling initiatives.
Centum Foundation, the CSR arm of Centum Learning, is a society registered under the Societies Registration Act, 1860 and holds an 80G certificate. The society conducts programs impacting national issues in the field of skill development, women welfare and empowerment, vocational training and health awareness. The present governing body comprises of veterans from Education and Vocational training.
Centum's belief in 'smart partnering' as one of the ways to create value for both businesses and society is reflected in its collaborations with corporate India. It has experience of implementing employability linked training in sectors like IT/ITeS, Telecom, Beauty & Wellness, Apparel, Construction, Retail, Hospitality, BFSI, and Healthcare among others.
Centum Foundation is working towards skilling and empowerment of PWDs in India. A number of initiatives have been implemented for Deaf, Orthopedic and Blind youth. It has launched a unique initiative, called Centum GRO to empower the Deaf in India and assist them to become employable in different domains.
The training model for PwDs has four components i.e. Educating, Preparing, Training, and Sustaining. The medium of training used is in alignment to the disability which helps in enhancing the learning capability of the participants. The benefits to the learners are:
Centum GRO's proprietary training program is designed and implemented by experts from the United States and India. This training program was started in October 2016 and is still ongoing. The training model has four components i.e. Educating, Preparing, Training, and Sustaining where visual aids and multimedia resources are used to enhance visual learning of the participants. This training program is conducted in Indian Sign Language (ISL). Several batches have already been trained in areas like CRM, Hospitality and Multimedia. The trained batches have seen a good placement rate.
The initiatives implemented by Centum Foundation are aimed at impacting lives, creating livelihood opportunities all along. Some of the initiatives are as under:
Skilling candidates in the retail sector in Karnataka and Rajasthan with over 70 % placements
Partnered with Bata India to implement their CSR initiative of skilling youth in retail sector. The project is targeted towards under privileged youth from districts of Karnataka and Rajasthan. More than 70% candidates were placed with reputed organizations in trainings already completed. The candidates attributed the tremendous improvement in their soft skills in addition to the required technical skills to the skill development program. A majority of the participants in the project were women
Skilled over 4500 candidates in employability linked skill training in the Food Retailing sector
Food Retail is permeating all corners of the country. This in turn has contributed to the increased demand for skilled employees in this sector. Centum collaborated with Jubilant FoodWorks to provide employability-linked training in Retail Sales to candidates in select Indian cities and facilitated their on the job training with Jubliant. As on date, over 4,500 candidates have been trained under this project. A very happy workforce of these underprivileged youth and their families have been impacted by this initiative.
Established centers for people with disabilities, providing skill training across various courses
Centum Foundation has partnered with NASSCOM Foundation to implement the CSR mandate of Hinduja Global Solutions.
Courses have been introduced for deaf, orthopedically challenged, blind and autistic youth. Efforts have been made to ensure that the center is accessible not just in terms of physical accessibility but also through technology and follows the principles of universal design of learning. Training will be conducted using the best accessible technology and training methodologies.
Partnered for launching and implementing ‘Muthoot Skill India Initiative’
The Centum Foundation supported Muthoot Group in launching ‘Muthoot Skill India’ initiative with an objective to impart employability linked skill training to the underprivileged youth in Haryana. The Skill Centre has been established in Tigaon Village of Faridabad and is equipped with all state- of the –art equipment required for conducting trainings.
The program aims to create wage and self-employment opportunities for 360 rural youth in Haryana in job roles like Sewing Machine Operator, Beauty Assistant and CCE.
Partnered for employability enhancement of engineering college students
Centum Foundation has partnered with Nasscom Foundation to run ARISE (Aricent Employability Enhancement) Programme under CSR of Aricent. Under the program we are training over 900 engineering college students across Delhi NCR. The programme aims at employability enhancement of engineering college students and is being delivered through an ‘On-Campus training’ model. The students are trained on Software Development, along with Soft Skills and Life Skills. Once the training is completed, candidates are assessed and certified on the NSDC - SSC NASSCOM Qualification Parameters (QP). Students successfully completing the course and assessments are finally linked to suitable employment opportunities through placement drives and job fairs.
Partnered for Women empowerment
Centum Foundation partnered with NPCIL to establish a Stitching/ Industrial Tailoring training center with an objective to improve the employability and enable women empowerment among the rural women living in the vicinity of NPCIL plant. The objective was to train and empower 200 women in five villages of Karnataka on tailoring course.
The success of this project lies in the words of one trainee representing the sentiment of all, “It took least five years for me to even realize that I was a business woman. I was just a housewife with absolutely no experience doing business. Initially I didn’t even know what to or how to talk to my employees. Today, I have the courage and confidence to talk to anyone. Sometimes I feel all the housewives have such abilities in them but they remain hidden as they get no exposure. I tell other women to try to explore the world on their own with courage and confidence as nobody will give anything to you on a platter; you have to discover the right options.”
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