West Bengal Labour Minister Purnendu Basu Thursday gave away appointment letters to 83 youths belonging to the marginalised section of society, trained under the 'CII-HPCL Swavalamban' training programme conducted in partnership with Future Sharp Skills Ltd., a division of Future Group, here.
The 83 young men and women received offer letters from various fast food chains like Dominos, Future Group, Speciality Group of Restaurants and Cafe' Coffee Day.
Purnendu Basu at a valedictory session said, "I congratulate you all on successfully completing the training. It is a real pleasure for me to hand certificates and appointment letters to you."
The minister, who reminded the students of the core value of the dignity of labour, added, "At present, the number of registered unemployed youths in West Bengal is more than 7 million. An endeavour such as this is what we require to accelerate our employment initiatives."
"The Government of West Bengal will be happy to help such endeavours," he added.
Chairman, Education & Skill Development Subcommittee, Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) Eastern Region, Aloke Mookherjea, stressed the need for a "right attitude" to achieve success in life.
"It is now universally recognized that a nation's economic strength and growth hinges on skills and knowledge," Mookherjea said adding, "Proper training is what you require to land a decent job."
Regional Director, CII Eastern Region, Dr Saugat Mukherjee said that knowledge and skills go a long way in driving economic growth and accelerating inclusive social development.
"We at CII firmly believe that skill is the most important component of productivity, quality and excellence. The countries that possess a highly skilled workforce are staying ahead in terms of productivity and excellence," added Dr Mukherjee.
"It is in appreciation of the urgency of developing top-notch skills required for industries that CII has focused on skill development across the country, including West Bengal, through the CII-HPCL Swavalamban Project. Till date 9,427 youths across the country have been trained under this Project," he said.
Chief Operating Officer - Employability & Skill Development, Future Sharp Skills Ltd., Goutam Roy said, "We feel proud that we are being able to make a small but significant contribution to the growth of the nation."
Under the VII phase of CII-HPCL Swavalamban Project, Future Sharp Skills Ltd (FSSL) is conducting a two-month courses in Hospitality and Retail, at their Park Circus, Rajarhat, Bardhaman and Siliguri Centers.
Future Sharp Skills Academy in association with RASCI (Retailers Associations Skill Council of India) certifies youths in retail skill training and gives them the mobility and job readiness to move within the retail industry anywhere in India.
The course is for 60 days with 200 hours of classroom and practical experience that will enable to land jobs with salaries not less than Rs 10,000 a month in reputable companies.
HPCL, a Navratna Public Sector Undertaking, plays an important role in the uplift of the lives of a large number of Below Poverty Line (BPL) youths through CSR programmes.
One such initiative is in partnership with CII under the Swavalamban Project in which BPL youths, including many school dropouts, are given vocational training.
The Project has benefited a large number of young men and women in the past 6 years in 12 states.
FSSL is a joint venture between Future Group and National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) and aims to impart skills training on livelihood.