Tata Steel Rural Development Society (TSRDS), the CSR (corporate social responsibility) arm of Tata Steel is planning to partner city-based Central Institute of Plastic Engineering and Technology (CIPET) to impart skills upgradation training to the local youths.
Under a pilot project, seven boys from villages around the company's Sukinda chromite mines were trained as plastic processing machine operators by CIPET. After completion of training, Ahmedabad-based Kheria Autocomp Limited absorbed all of them. Based on the feedback, TSRDS plans to expand the porgramme to cover more areas.
It has also trained 30 local youths in engineering technology. TSRDS, in collaboration with the Chennai-based Pan IIT Alumni Reach for India, trained the unemployed youths in welding, and following the training, the boys found jobs in BHEL Small and Medium Industries Association in Tamil Nadu.
Partnering with L&T, TSRDS facilitated training of under-matriculate, college drop outs and ITI-passed jobless candidates. They are being trained in Kolkata in carpentry, bar bending, masonry and electrical trades, among others. L&T has promised to absorb these youths as contractors after completion of training.
Besides, nine ITI electricians were sent for a 90-day skills upgradation training by Tata Steel in March 2012. These boys will be also engaged with registered contractors of L&T and will be placed in various projects, according to a release from Tata Steel.