Tata Strive building network of partners, grooms youth

V Rishi Kumar Hyderabad | Updated on January 16, 2018 Published on October 19, 2016

Focus on sustainable, replicable models

Anything and everything the diversified Tata Group does is about scale and size. And, Tata Strive is one such initiative whose objective is to create a pan-India network and skilling people to new careers in a sustainable, replicable manner.

If the numbers are any indication, in about 21 months it has already become big.

Though the initiative started in India and now operational in 14 States, it has plans to go global too, following some of its companies and operations globally.

Lacing together a number of Tata Group companies and engaging a number of companies and States, it is building a network of training centres for the youth and then help them in transition to new careers.

Anita Rajan, Chief Operating Officer, Tata Strive, said the connecting theme for the initiative to train trainers and skill youth is to unlock the potential of Tata companies and reach them out and make a difference to the society.

In the backdrop of huge opportunity of building skilled manpower, and the task and challenges ahead, the strategy has been to engage a number of Tata group companies, bring their expertise and experts on to a common platform, then link up some of the group companies like Starbucks, Voltas, Tata Capital, Tata Hospitality, and other major companies such a Bosch, Siemens and NGOs to create a number of training centres to provide hands-on experience.

Those who get trained then get opportunity to work in areas of retail and automotive segments, air-conditioning technicians among others. Every centre has certain expertise, local companies and its suppliers, in different areas. They then get opportunity to groom youth, not just in skills but in non-work areas.

One of the examples of how a Tata Group entity has contributed is a technology platform and (app) application created by Tata Consultancy Services which is used all over, she said.

Sharing numbers, Anita Rajan explained that with a presence across 14 states, Tata Strive now has 27 Tata Strive centres offering 14 courses. It has linked up 13 partners both Tata and non-Tata companies and has thus far, impacted over 67,000 youth.

As a part of Tata Strive initiative, a skill development centre was set up in Hyderabad to groom youngsters in the areas of BPO, banking, financial services, insurance and retail business.

Published on October 19, 2016

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