AkzoNobel, the global paints and coating company, has collaborated with Sambhav Foundation, a Bangalore based non-profit organization to provide vocational skill training to underprivileged youth in ‘Vehicle Refinish. After course completion the students are placed as “Vehicle Refinish Technician” in the automobile body shops. The project is inspiredby Skill India Mission of Government of India.
Through this unique industry vetted two week programme on Vehicle Refinish, AkzoNobel intends to train youth to become proficient in vehicle refinishing which is a much sought after skill in after sales automotive industry. The training provides theoretical understanding and practical skills required in automobile body shops in context to denting and painting work. The training provides outmost importance to safety and ensures all trainees use full safety gear during training. This programs is being conducted at the state-of-the-art AkzoNobel Paint Academy centres in Bangalore, Kolkata, Mohali and Mumbai.
In the past two years AkzoNobel have trained over 850 candidates successfully and placed more than 70% candidates across various leading body shops agencies in Mohali, Kolkata, Bangalore and Mumbai.The project has also helped automobile body shops with skilled manpower enabling them to provide better services to their customers.
“For creating employment, the solution has to be market-driven – and the market will only pay for value delivered.” says Gayathri Vasudevan, CEO-LabourNet, She also says, “Demand for blue-collar workers hugely outweighs supply. Through our skill training programme, over 850 candidates have been trained in the past couple of years and have got employed at the body shops of leading agencies.”
AkzoNobel India has been present in India for over 60 years and is a significant player in the paints industry. In 2008, the company became a member of the AkzoNobel Group. With employee strength of over 1,800, AkzoNobel India has manufacturing sites, offices and a distribution network spread across the country. All manufacturing facilities have a state-of-the art environmental management system. Its commitment to Health, Safety, Environment & Security (HSE&S) has been among the best in class globally, with due care being taken to protect the people and the environment.
LabourNet is a social enterprise dedicated to enabling sustainable livelihoods through skilling interventions, wage employment or self-employment. LabourNet’s focus is on improving the socio-economic status of the workforce in the informal sector through various ways of filling in the existing gaps. These gaps could relate to wages, knowledge and skill levels or employability options. LabourNet was founded in 2006 and in the last five years, has scaled up considerably with its presence in 650 locations across India, impacting half a million individuals.