Wadhwani Foundation and Team Lease-IIJT) join hands to empower
People with disabilities
-First Training Batch commences on the World Disability Day-
Mumbai, November 15, 2011: Wadhwani Foundation and TeamLease through their subsidiary Indian Institute of Job Training (IIJT) jointly announced an initiative to train and recruit about 2000 people with disabilities (PwDs) across the country. The two year initiative is an intensive advocacy and job placement campaign to enable companies to recruit and place the maximum number of young adults with disabilities. The joint effort aiming to influence the employability quotient of the physically disabled population in the mainstream jobs of the organized sector will kick start on World Disability Day (December 3).
The initiative is made possible by the generous support of the Wadhwani Foundation through “Opportunity Network for the Disabled” one of their key initiatives.
Wadhwani Foundation will fund part of the interested candidate’s fees to undertake skill development training and courses across 120 IIJT centers in the country.
Sharing his views on this campaign, Ajay Kela, President and CEO of Wadhwani Foundation said “India has a very unique talent pool of an estimated two to three million educated disabled. Corporate India could derive better business value in terms of higher productivity, reduced attrition and lowered retraining costs by employing this proven and tenacious but generally ignored talent pool. Wadhwani Foundation since 2010 has been working towards promoting recruitment of the disabled as a business value proposition. This initiative will help Wadhwani Foundation in fulfilling its goal to be a catalyst to mainstream the hiring of the disabled into sustainable high quality jobs in the formal sector.”
IIJT would impart training to PwDs on a specially designed curriculum which will help the candidates to find jobs in the areas of customer handling/ relations. The course curriculum is structured in a way that the candidates are trained to match the job profiles and deliver organization oriented output. Candidates will also have an opportunity to assess themselves through an assessment test which would gauge their employability quotient. After the assessment test candidates would be counseled on planning their career to pick the right course suiting their skillsets.
Reassuring IIJT’s commitment towards improving employability Neeti Sharma, Vice President, TeamLease, IIJT said “Apart from training these physically challenged candidates we are also committed in placing them through our job fairs. Basis the response this year we will take it up on a larger scale next year”.
The courses being offered as part of the training curriculum are:
1. Basics of Accounting & Tally 9 ERP (Mod 1 to Mod 3 of CBA) leading to entry level accounting jobs
2. Non-Voice Data Processing leading to BPO jobs
3. Voice Processing leading to BPO jobs
4. Data entry operators leading to data entry jobs
In this program, TeamLease - IIJT plans to train 500 physically disabled youth between the age group of 18 to 30 in the next one year and scale it up to 2000 in the next year.
Teamlease-IIJT over the recent past have revolutionized the vocational training and placement scenario by their successful tie ups with various state governments to implement skill development for the youth under public private partnerships and have now positioned IIJT centers as private employment centers that provides training and placement under one roof. IIJT also conducts job fairs every month on a national scale for unemployed youth. The partnership with Wadhwani Foundation will now offer the same opportunities to the physically challenged people.
About Wadhwani Foundation
Established in the year 2000, Wadhwani Foundation was founded by Dr. RomeshWadhwani, an IIT-Bombay alumnus with a Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University and an IT entrepreneur in Silicon Valley, California. The mission of the philanthropic foundation is to accelerate economic development in India and other emerging economies. This is achieved through two primary thrust area: Large Scale Job Creation and Skill Development. The Foundation works across the higher education spectrum. Entrepreneurship and Innovation drive Job Creation whilst skilling is achieved through Skill Colleges Initiatives. Two parallel Chairs with CSIS in Washington and ICRIER in Delhi support Policy Studies and AdvocacyThe foundation acts as a catalyst leveraging Government resources and market forces to achieve scale.
TeamLease Services (TeamLease™) is India's largest staffing company and has been spearheading the Staffing revolution in India for more than seven years now. In this short span of time, TeamLease has deployed more than half a million candidates, and in doing so, it has emerged as one of India's largest private sector employers. The company currently has over 65,000 employees on its rolls, in over 700 locations across the country, working for more than 1,200 clients. In a recent acquisition, TeamLease has acquired a substantial majority stake in the Indian Institute of Job Training (IIJT).
Indian Institute of Job Training [IIJT] is one of India’s largest and leading vocational education providers with a capacity of over 1 lakh concurrent students in courses. Started in 2006, IIJT is the fastest growing educational brand in the country with over 120 centers across the country. IIJT offers short term and long term courses in the areas of Finance, Information Technology, Retail, Sales and Job Skills. The TeamLease and IIJT strategic alliance aims to help bridge the employability gap and support the industry’s demand for skilled manpower.
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