New Delhi: The Mahratta Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Agriculture (MCCIA) has announced a new skill development initiative to enhance employability of youth.
"Our population is huge but still industries face difficulty in finding the right people for a job. The youth need to be trained and prepared in accordance with the requirements of respective industries," said S K Jain, president of MCCIA while addressing a press conference on Wednesday.
This programme is in line with the national objective to impart skills training to 500 million people by 2022, he added.The MCCIA initiative is focused on increasing the availability of skilled manpower for absorption in the small and medium enterprises (SME).
"According to statistics only 10% fresh graduates are employable while 20%-25% can be made employable with some training. It is imperative to increase the skills of the people who are looking for employment," said Anant Sardeshmukh, director general of MCCIA, who was also present at the media briefing.
"The courses would help both the employee and the company. For example, the trainees will be taught about maintenance of machines and other industrial techniques, which will help increase availability of skilled manpower for the manufacturing sector which is largely based in Pune," he added.
The chamber has partnered with Arthtech Knowledge and Involute Institute of Technical Training, an arm of the Hyderabad-based Involute Automation. Training will be offered for 120-150 hours in two areas -- technical and commercial. For details visit MCCIA website. The technical part will comprise courses on autonomous maintenance and industrial control techniques, each of 120-150 hours, training on electric and electronic components of machines and exposure to factory environment through simulation.
"We often get complaints from companies that the machinery is being exposed to unskilled persons," said Anil Kumar, managing director of Involute. The commercial part of the training will comprise 150-hour modules in accounting, human resource practices, legal aspects, administration and management for technical graduates.
Shekhar Agharkar, chief executive officer and director, Arthtech Knowledge Solutions, said, "Graduates come out of colleges and wish to start working without adequate knowledge of accounting and the tools required. It is essential that employees need to have a practical know-how in detail, of the area they will be working in. We have included business communication and soft skills too in the programme."