Bhubaneswar: Tata Power has signed MoUs with six educational institutes in Odisha to upskill the youths.
Thousands of youths in the state will get the relevant skills through the initiative. They will gain employability through the programme, said Tata Power in a statement.
The initiative is in line with the state government’s ‘Skilled in Odisha’ programme, which focuses on skill building to enhance employability and entrepreneurial prowess of local youths.
Tata Power has inked pacts with Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT), Indira Gandhi Institute of Technology (IGIT) at Sarang, Silicon Institute of Technology (SIT), Bhubanananda Odisha School of Engineering (BOSE), Institute of Technical Education & Research (ITER), and World Skill Centre (WSC). The company is also in talks with ‘MO College’ to extend this programme to ITIs across the state.
These strategic partnerships provide comprehensive skill development programmes and courses covering a diverse array of subjects, ranging from electrical and mechanical to information technology and soft skills. These programmes adhere to the highest industry standards and are meticulously structured to meet both current and future industry requirements in alignment with the National Skill Qualification Framework (NSQF).
Sanjay Banga, President- T&D, Tata Power, said “Tata Power and its Odisha discoms are fully committed to equip local youth with the skills and opportunities necessary for fulfilling their aspirations and ambitions. We take pride in our role in supporting the Make in Odisha vision by creating an enabling environment for the youth to thrive and excel within the power sector. We are fostering these collaborations to support the state government’s ‘Skilled in Odisha’ initiative to develop a large pool of industry-ready workforce.”
To bridge the gap between classroom learning and real-world application, the initiative connects the youth with industry experts and mentors. These experienced professionals offer invaluable guidance, exposure to industry best practices, and insights into cutting-edge technologies of the power sector, he added.
Tata Power’s commitment to the youth extends beyond education. The company also facilitates certification and placement opportunities for the successful trainees as a part of its ‘train to hire’ programme. Students of these programmes can choose to embark on a career with Tata Power Odisha Discoms, basis requirements and on meeting the selection criteria or even launch their own entrepreneurial ventures, thus fostering economic growth and self-sufficiency in the state, said the company, which is running four Discoms in Odisha in joint venture with the state government.
Tata Power provided employment to 14,000 people through its four Discoms in the state – TP Central, TP Southern, TP Northern, and TP Western Odisha Distribution Limited. These Discoms are also working towards providing comprehensive technical and safety training to over 50,000 locals, who have been roped in as ground staff for maintenance and other work through third party contractors from the state.