Speciality chemicals company Lanxess India has announced that it has established a skill development centre in Thane, Maharashtra as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programme that will provide training to aspiring candidates looking for suitable employability.
The 'Lanxess B-Able Skill Centre' in Thane has been set up in association with BASIX Academy for Building Lifelong Employability Limited (B-ABLE) who is also the implementation partner for the project.
The CSR project started in January, 2019 is focused on providing skill development training for the youth who are unskilled, semi-skilled, school drop outs and come from the underprivileged sections living in the periphery of Thane. Lanxess India says it has funded the project to skill youth, especially unemployed youth from marginalised communities, and the candidates who are from BPL (Below Poverty Line) families will benefit under this training program. The training skills the youth and provides sustainable livelihood.
The three-year program starting from Thane in the first year, will be extended around the company's facilities in Jhagadia in the second year followed by Nagda facility in the third year with nearly 125 candidates being trained each year.
After an on-ground survey in Bhiwandi in Thane, it was found that the two most popular employability choices for the local youth with lower academic qualification were that of call centre executives and sewing machine operators. Taking a cue from the survey conducted by B-ABLE, Lanxess financially supported the project.
The first batch of 56 candidates has successfully completed its course and a total of 24 candidates have been placed with different companies while 18 candidates from the sewing machine course have setup their own tailoring jobs.
Commenting on the project, Neelanjan Banerjee, vice-chairman and MD, Lanxess India said, “Lack of higher education due to any reason should not be a hindrance in employability opportunities for the underprivileged youth of our nation. Through this project we have attempted to provide skills to such youth that will help them sustain a decent livelihood. We see this project as a small gesture in contributing positively to the country’s skill development goals.”
D Sattaiah, CEO and MD, B-ABLE said, “It is a gratifying experience to see these young boys and girls becoming self-confident and securing gainful employment with our training. We are fortunate to have partnered with Lanxess for this extremely productive and positive skill development programme. I am sure we will do exceedingly well going ahead, also.”
Lanxess says for the Jhagadia and Nagda projects, surveys will be conducted to ascertain the type of training required in the selected areas and suitable courses will be designed for the same.
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