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June 21, 2014

WB Govt to tie up with big brands for skill development

WB Govt to tie up with big brands for skill development

The West Bengal Government is set to ropein global brands such as Samsung and domestic companies such as CESC and BergerPaints to train young people in latest skills required for getting qualityjobs.

Speaking at the Skill Conclave organised bythe Confederation of Indian Industry (Eastern Region) in Kolkata today, thestate minister for technical education & training Mr Ujjal Biswas said:”West Bengal is known for its rich pool of superior intellect. The stategovernment wants to transform our intellectual wealth into top class skillresources. The vision is to make West Bengal the Skill Capital of the World.”

West Bengal, Mr Biswas said, has emerged asthe `Best State` in the recent 50th All India Skill Competition 2014 organisedin Delhi by the Union ministry of labour & employment. This is the secondsuccessive year when West Bengal topped the chart, the minister added.

Training in CAD/CAM has been launched in 62Vocational Training Centres with technical assistance from Siemens and plus-twostudents are receiving training with assured opportunities for internships andjobs, he said.

“A skill programme on hospitality has beeninitiated at Kalimpong. About 770 trainees are placed in well-known chainrestaurants such as Cafe Coffee Day with reasonable wages and servicebenefits,” he said.

The minister said as part of its mission toenhance employability and produce quality workforce, the state government willwork closely with the National Skill Development Corporation for job-linkedprogrammes.

“We have decided to set up 37 polytechnicsand 92 Government it is. We call upon the private sector companies to join usin this mission,” said Mr Biswas.

Mr Viresh Oberoi, chairman, CII (EasternRegion) said: “The government and corporate must come together to train a vastnumber of young people waiting to join the workforce.”