It is a significant initiative for expanding the pool of industry-ready workforce required in today’s competitive business environment.
In line with PM Modi’s Skill India initiative, Mahindra Group’s Saral Rozgar has recently launched a new initiative to impart quality vocational education and training programmes to enhance the employability of semi-skilled and unskilled candidates. This will be achieved through training, assessment and certification in accordance with industry standards.
A significant initiative for expanding the pool of industry-ready workforce required in today’s competitive business environment, Saral Training has initially tied up with centres in cities, such as Chandigarh, Patiala, Amritsar, Ludhiana, Ambala and Jalandhar. Going forward, it plans to create a network of 500 centres pan-India over the next three years. These centres will be created through the existing infrastructure available with various vocational training centres across the country.
The model of delivery of these programmes will be virtual-interactive learning as well as face-to- face instructor-led classroom training. This would enable anybody from anywhere in the country to attend the lectures and actively participate in the sessions.
Speaking at the launch of the programme in Punjab, Vivek Chandok, founder and CEO, Saral Rozgar says, “While there has been a significant focus on vocational and technical training in the recent past with several initiatives underway, there clearly exists a gap between the demand and supply of skilled manpower and also what the industry looks for. What we have observed is that soft skills are a must for all prospective jobseekers today to advance their careers. In order to bridge this gap, we have launched flagship courses, such as Business English and English Communication. With such soft skills trainings, job seekers will be better poised to attract more and better employment opportunities.”
He also mentioned that although skill development is gaining importance in the country, the industry is still facing a shortage of skilled manpower. “With the Government’s target of creating 500 million skilled workers by 2022, the Indian industry is expected to create 80-100 million jobs in the next few years, 75 per cent of which would require vocational training,” he said. He assures that the students undergoing skill development at Saral Training will get immediate access to the vast pool of jobs available under the Saral Rozgar platform.
Tahsin Zahid, head of services and skill development at Saral Rozgar says, “Most employers need ready and trained workers. Several sectors, such as automobile and retail prefer inducting candidates with basic industry-specific knowledge. With our Hire-Train- Place model, we now offer quality trained workforce to employers.”
Keeping in mind the challenges in ensuring differential quality of trainers and uniformity of content delivery, Saral Training’s automated service delivery process provides quality training across multiple locations through the use of technology. The candidates can also benefit from the archived sessions at their own convenience.
The training programmes expose students to classroom-based online classes that make use of a digital platform for imparting training programmes using blended learning. The courses will be conducted by highly experienced faculties/trainers through a two-way audio/video interface between the students and faculties/trainers. The courses will be economical and easily accessible for students irrespective of their region. Saral Training also has strategic tie-ups and strong employment linkages with corporates and enterprises, for providing employment opportunities.
Saral Rozgar is India’s largest national omni-channel marketplace for entry-level, blue-collar and grey-collar jobs with a registered job-seeker base of over six million. Launched with an objective to create a common pool of job seekers and job providers, the platform has so far generated more than 1.5 million job openings across 150 plus categories.