Corporate Social Responsibility Partnerships

Corporate Social Responsibility Partnerships

Corporates are giving back to the society through their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives. Further, the investment potential under Corporate Social Responsibility in India is expanding with the revision in the Companies Act, 2013. Under social responsibility of business, 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 and FCRA 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.

Our Offerings:

  • Employment linked skill training initiatives.
  • Women Empowerment through self/wage employment initiatives.
  • Managing and establishing Centers of Excellence with extensive coverage in rural and urban India

Key Corporate Social Responsibility Initiatives & Impact

The initiatives implemented by Centum Foundation are aimed at impacting lives, creating livelihood opportunities all along. Some of the initiatives are as under:


The proposed program under Microsoft grant is an intervention created to build-on to the existing knowledge of technology the students in XIth and XIIth standard (trained under the ‘Vocationalization of school education scheme’) in the IT/ITeS sector and encouraging the students towards making a career in the technology space. Through this program, we would not only make them understand the upcoming technologies like AI, Machine Learning, etc. helping them navigate more advanced career paths that they would otherwise not be exposed to. The program would also work on the students’ overall development by working on their cognitive and affective skills thereby improving attitudes, emotions, and feelings making them ready for the workspace of the 21st century.

The overarching objective of this project has been to help the students understand the current technology space, explore emerging technologies as possible employment avenues for their future. The project would also help India meet the demands of its industries by encouraging the youth to take up careers in emerging skills.

Various studies have underlined that girls need significant enablement at schools to pursue STEM and computing careers. Only 3% of all female students enrolled in higher education globally choose ICT fields of study. Women also tend to drop out from these disciplines in disproportionate numbers during their studies, the transition into the world of work, and even throughout their careers due to discriminatory gender norms and social expectations about abilities and career paths, and stereotypical beliefs about women and STEM professions. Given this scenario, this program aimed at positively influencing the girl child towards technology-enabled careers in the formative years of their education. By focusing on girl students, the program has provided opportunities to girls for self-actualization. As this intervention was introduced at an early stage, it has helped the students make informed career choices and build their work-skills accordingly.

It also provides a dipstick in terms of statistical data like their age, gender, course type, etc. of 7500 students from the stream of IT-ITeS. The results indicate that field of ‘Artificial Intelligence’ combined with soft skills is a key focus area to enhance their chances of employability. The technical skills focus on specialized as well as emerging technologies that have a high market demand. The training intervention thus created was deliberately divided between theory and practical sessions with the latter taking a larger share. The course curriculum was designed, keeping in mind the industry needs. The selection of the curriculum was validated by key stakeholders in the skill space ecosystem as well as the Subject matter expert available in the market. The duration of the training program was of a total of 40 hours which included F2F training. Project Work has collaborated with their learning teaching them skills like problem-solving and further enhancing additional skills integral to their future, such as critical thinking and time management.

Overall, the Microsoft Digital Skills program has developed the zeal of pursuing careers in STEM Jobs in students of Class XIth & XIIth in government schools. The feedback of students has been very positive. The impact of this program is seen in the number of youth, specifically, women opting for a career in technology; choosing to do a higher graduate degree/diploma in technology, and has contributed towards bridging the gender gap in STEM.

Bata Limited

Skilling candidates in the retail sector in Karnataka and Rajasthan with over 70 % placements

Partnered with Bata India to implement their Corporate Social Responsibility 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

Jubilant FoodWorks Limited

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.

Hinduja Global Solutions

Established centers for people with disabilities, providing skill training across various courses

Centum Foundation has partnered with NASSCOM Foundation to implement the Corporate Social Responsibility 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.

Muthoot Finance Limited

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.

Aricent Technologies

Partnered for employability enhancement of engineering college students

Centum Foundation has partnered with Nasscom Foundation to run ARISE (Aricent Employability Enhancement) Programme under Corporate Social Responsibility 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.

Nuclear Power Corporation of India

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.”

Key Clients

  • Concentrix
  • Cairn India
  • Cvent
  • EXL
  • TATA Motors
  • ACC Limited
  • Canara HSBC
  • SAR Group of Industries
  • Fullerton India
  • Bajaj Electricals
  • Imperial Auto
  • NBCC
  • Bharti Airtel
  • Pernod Ricard

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