Tata Chemicals & Tata Trust to build skill development centre


A memorandum of understanding has been signed between the two parties to reach out to the underprivileged youth of India and equip them with industry-relevant skills.

Tata Chemicals has taken a step further in its endeavour to build a stronger nation, by developing the skills of the deprived sections of the society. R Mukundan, managing director of the organisation and Shankar Venkateswaran, chief of the Tata Sustainability Group, signed an MoU with Tata Community Initiatives (TCIT) to explore skill development initiatives in the country through Tata STRIVE.

Meant to bring together all the group companies to leverage expertise in their respective sectors, the Tata STRIVE programme has been founded to generate skill development opportunities across various sectors and industries.

With a firm belief that equipping underprivileged youth will generate employability, the Tata STRIVE development centre will be set up at Aligarh to become a ‘showcase centre’ for the Tata group. Both TCIT and Tata Chemicals have appealed to their stakeholders, employees, suppliers, distributors and consumers to support the initiative in various capacities.

Speaking on the development, Mukund Rajan, brand custodian and member of the Group Executive Council, Tata Sons, said, “Tata Chemicals is delighted to join with Tata STRIVE to bridge the skills gap that exists across the industry value chain, and help build a capable workforce. We are positive that this initiative will be highly beneficial to the community at large required by the Industry, and we will continue to undertake similar initiatives in the future.”

The importance of the partnership was emphasised by Dr. Mukund Rajan, as he shared his insights into the startup— “Tata STRIVE will optimise and scale up the various skill initiatives currently being undertaken across Tata companies, by aligning them with national and global occupation standards. Our endeavour will be to provide the Indian youth with opportunities to acquire these skills in an environment which makes them industry-ready from day one.”

Professional competence in today’s industry requires not just cutting-edge technical skills, but also effective commercial and interpersonal skills aligned to the specific needs of the industry. India’s emergence as a major world power can only be ensured by making skill development an essential ingredient for future economic growth. As the country transforms itself into an internationally competitive economy, creating new jobs is an area that companies need to start focussing on. It is estimated that India is seeing over 12 million youth joining the workforce each year, and developing the skills of the underprivileged will help in bridging the existing skill gap in the country.


  1. It is nice to know that Tata Chemical and Tata Trust is coming up with a Skill Development Centre at Aligarh. Many corporates have come / are coming forward to set up skill training Institutes to train rural / under privileged youths to make them “Industry ready”.
    But my point is “Are the under-privileged or rural boys ready to Join the training institutes?” May be yes for a job possibility in Tata Companies in a factory environment. But it is completely disheartening in case of construction Industry. Rural boys are not at all ready to get trained in construction skills because they are not willing to work under Sun even if the placement is 100% guaranteed. And, why will they be ready to work hard, when they are getting Rice @ Rs2/Kilo, Wheat @Rs.2/kilo, 100 days guaranteed job with minimum wages? Govt. must appreciate that such dual policy can’t work to build India as a Skill Capital. One hand we are spending crores and croes of rupees in skill building and on the other hand we are distributing the privileges almost free of cost to the so called under- privileged. I am ready to take 500 boys every month, provide them training in construction skills FREE OF COST and give guarantee of 100% placement in India’s number one construction company. If through your HR-Katha, the message can be communicated the masses and under-privileged boys can be mobilized, I shall remain highly obliged to all. My email id is mentioned herein.
    Accordingly to me, today there is no under-privileged youth with the blessings of political leaders. Every now & then they earn something to make their livelihood. Why they will go out to earn something extra?

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