July 11, 2017

Voltas and Tata Strive’s Center of Excellence creates employability opportunities for marginalised youth

Voltas, India’s leading room air conditioning brand, in association with Tata Strive, co-hosted the first graduation ceremony at the Voltas Center of Excellence, Thane, to celebrate the accomplishments of the students trained in the Room Air Conditioning Technician course.

The state-of-the-art training centre located at Voltas’s Thane facility, in support of the Government’s Make in India mission, commenced operations in September 2016 and has a capacity to train 90 students at any given point of time. It offers two technical courses in the space of room air conditioning and refrigeration. A distinctive feature of the training pedagogy is its hands-on approach via lab exercises as well as on-the-job training (OJT). The four-week OJT provides learners an exposure to a live shop floor dynamics, and an opportunity to demonstrate and practise the skills learnt in the classroom. The students at this centre belong to marginalised communities and hail from Thane, Bhiwandi and adjoining areas. As many as 76 graduates have already received job offers from various consumer durables companies in the Thane-Mumbai area, giving them an opportunity to earn a decent livelihood.

The graduation ceremony was attended by the senior management teams from Voltas as well as Tata Strive, including M Gopi Krishna, executive vice president and COO, domestic projects group, Voltas; Narendren Nair, executive vice president and CHRO, Voltas; and Anita Rajan, COO, Tata Strive, and VP, Tata Sustainability Group. The students’ parents as well as other corporates, such as Mahindra and Mahindra, were a part of the ceremony.

Commenting on the ceremony, Mr Krishna congratulated the students and said, “CSR is an opportunity for Voltas to build a skilled talent pipeline to the industry or markets they serve. We are very happy to collaborate with Tata Strive, who through their dedicated team, have given opportunities to various sections of society to upgrade their skills and become employable.”

Mr Nair said, “I congratulate the students, faculty and parents of this maiden batch and wish them all the success in their future. I also compliment and congratulate Tata Strive and Voltas teams who have put in a lot of hard work and passion to ensure that the infrastructure and support required was made available on time”.

Ms Rajan commented, “The graduates have got a wonderful head start for a technical career through this training programme. With the growth of infrastructure sector and consumer durables segment, the future of these youth looks promising and we look forward to this Center attracting more and more employers looking for quality professionals”.