As part of its ‘catch them young’ initiative, HCL Technologies is gearing up to hire at least 2,000 students who have passed Class 12 in 2021 or 2022, across the state of Karnataka.
These students should have scored at least 60 per cent and studied mathematics or business mathematics in Class 12.
They will be enrolled in the Indian IT services multinational’s TechBee, an early career programme. Interviews for the same are already underway across Karnataka, in the cities of Bengaluru, Shivamogga, Hubballi and Mysuru.
The Company has entered into an agreement with the Karnataka Skill Development Corporation (KSDC) to help students become employable in the IT sector.
About 8,000 students from across India are already benefitting from the programme.
Once the selected students complete the year-long intensive training, they are given an opportunity to intern with HCL. During the internship, they earn a stipend of Rs 10,000 and get to work on HCL projects. Those absorbed by HCL stand a chance to undergo an undergraduate programme with a renowned institution, such as BITS Pilani, or Amity University, or SASTRA University.
The TechBee initiative was launched about five years ago, in a bid to tap talent from amongst class 12 students, especially from the tier 2 and 3 towns. The objective was to help them become financially independent.
The course, which began with a batch of 80 students back in 2017, has now become so sought after, that last year about 4,000 students were enrolled, and this year, about 8,000.