A Skilled Future
A nation that wants to grow in leaps and bounds needs its young to power its dreams. Titan helps underprivileged youth tap emerging opportunities through a unique, industry-centric skill-training programme...
Yamini is a busy woman. The hard-working 19-year-old barely has time to talk as she rushes through the day, manning the children’s section at a ready-made garments store in Bangalore’s Indiranagar.
Prod her for a conversation, and she reminds you that a steady stream of customers has kept her on her toes, all day. It’s been a long day, but Yamini doesn’t mind. She’s been working at the store for six months now, and the Rs5,000 she earns per month, goes a long way in supporting her family.
Yamini’s journey had very nearly ended in despair after grade X. Financially challenged and direction-less, she had dabbled in low-paying jobs that left her defeated and struggling. That’s when she’d come across the Titan skilling programme. She finally discovered the self-confidence she displays every day as she interacts with people from all walks of life: and opportunities appeared that she hadn’t thought of.
The National Vision Document, ‘India at 75’, predicts that India will need 150 million skilled / upskilled workers to meet the demands of growing sectors by 2022. Studies have indicated that the demand is not restricted to traditional sectors such as auto and BFSI, but also newer ones like organised retail.
Despite the rosy future ahead, the present condition of India’s skill landscape is alarming. Coupled with the large numbers of urban and rural youth who drop out of schools and colleges due to economic reasons, is an ineffective education system that has rendered a large percentage of youth unemployed, underemployed or unemployable. The government’s Skill India Mission intends to tackle this looming issue.
For a long time now, Titan has been contributing to the skill development of youth through various initiatives. Apart from by running a three-year fitter course at the Basic Training Center (BTC) in the Watches Plant at Hosur and the Jewels and Precious Metal Worker (JPMW) course at the Jewellery plant at Hosur, we’ve launched several short term, employment linked training programmes.
Our mission is simple: empower the underprivileged youth across urban, rural and tribal areas with skills that will enable them with gainful employment.
Partnering us on this journey are two experienced organisations. IL&FS Skills is a subsidiary of IL&FS Education and Technology Services Ltd, which is the social infrastructure arm of IL&FS Group. With robust systems and multimedia training content in 45 trades in 10 Indian languages, the organisation offers a pan-India infrastructure.
Ants Consulting Services Pvt. Ltd., has trained and placed 75,000 youth pan-India, since its inception in 2005. Apart from handling government skilling programmes and CSR programmes for corporates, the organisation also helps up skill staff for various organizations.
Combining the best of technology with hands-on-learning, the short term programmes target learners of all age groups with a range of courses in high growth sectors, including retail, hospitality, accounting, services, etc.
All the courses, spread over a duration of one month to 6 months, are aligned to the National Skills Qualification Framework (NSQF) and accredited to Sector Skill Councils. Each offering is location and industry specific, and benefits from Titan’s direct collaboration for high quality course material. Limited to a batch size of 25 students, the courses include an ‘on-the-job’ training module to further hone skills. All these features give our students an edge over others in the employment market.
In the programme’s pilot run in Bangalore for example, 100 students were trained for the Retail industry. Today, 98 students have been placed, with reviewers lauding the candidates for their focus and professionalism. In many ways, the programme has served as a benchmark in the skilling industry.
This initiative has been yet another step in Titan’s journey towards setting up the ‘Titan Institute of Skilling,’ which will offer ‘train-the-trainer’ programmes as well as multiple skills for students, apart from conducting research on new courses and a placement hub. Eventually, we also hope to collaborate with ‘TATA STRIVE’ to scale up the skilling activity to new levels – across diverse locations and for many more skills.