Anjali Prayag

Bangalore, Jan. 24

THIS is a business school with a difference. All the 90 young people graduating from the Livelihood Advancement Business School (LABS) on Sunday in Bangalore walked away with a certificate and a job on hand.

In a unique CSR initiative, ICICI OneSource has tied up with Dr Reddy's Foundation for Human and Social Development to make the underprivileged youth more employable. "The programme was designed to empower them to get employed immediately," says Mr Aashu Calapa, Vice-President, HR, ICICI OneSource.

The `Livelihood Advancement Business School' programme was launched in Bangalore in October 2005. ICICI OneSource has pledged over Rs 51 lakh to support the funding of seven batches of training, which will benefit about 1,400 young people over a period of 28 months.

The programme includes courses such as BPO skills, housekeeping, retail, office assistant and basic and advanced computer skills.

ICICI OneSource has taken a participative approach to arrive at the structure of the programme, says Mr Calapa. Employees are of the opinion that the company should work in the urban ecosystem and make urban youth more employable. The company consulted GIVE Foundation, a professionally governed and managed Indian non-profit organisation, to help it with this exercise.

(This article was published in the Business Line print edition dated January 25, 2006)
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