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TeamLease arm, Wadhwani Foundation partner to train, recruit 2,000 differently-abled

Our Bureau Bangalore | Updated on November 23, 2011

The Bangalore-based staffing solutions company, TeamLease, through its subsidiary Indian Institute of Job Training (IIJT) and Wadhwani Foundation, have partnered to train and recruit about 2,000 people with disabilities (PwDs) across the country.

2-year initiative

The two-year initiative is a job placement campaign to enable companies to recruit and place the maximum number of young adults with disabilities.

The joint effort aiming to influence the employability quotient of the differently-abled population in the mainstream jobs of the organised sector will kick start on the World Disability Day on December 3.

The initiative is with the support of the Wadhwani Foundation through its key initiative ‘Opportunity Network for the Disabled.'

Wadhwani Foundation will fund part of the interested candidate's fees to undertake skill development training and courses across 120 IIJT centres in the country.

IIJT will impart training to PwDs on a specially designed curriculum that will help candidates to find jobs in the areas of customer relations.

Assessment test

Candidates will also have an opportunity to assess themselves through a test which would gauge their employability quotient.

After the assessment, candidates will be counselled on planning their career to pick the right course that suits their skill sets.

Mr Ajay Kela, President and Chief Executive Officer of Wadhwani Foundation, said that India has an estimated two to three million educated differently-abled that could be a potential talent pool.

Ms Neeti Sharma, Vice-President, TeamLease, IIJT said, “Apart from training these physically-challenged candidates we are also committed in placing them through our job fairs.

“Based on the response this year we will take it up on a larger scale next year”.

The courses being offered as part of the training curriculum are basics of accounting, non-voice data processing and voice processing leading to BPO jobs and data entry operation.

In the first phase, TeamLease - IIJT plans to train 500 differently-abled youth between the age group of 18-30 in the next one year and scale it up to 2,000 in the next year.

anjali@thehindu.co.in

Published on November 23, 2011

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