Vodafone Idea Foundation’s Skill Training Centre for Youth in Hamirpur

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India is on course to become the world’s fastest-expanding economy, and its youth are the driving force behind it. With the goal of contributing to the upskilling and development of a future-ready talent force, Vi’s CSR arm, Vodafone Idea Foundation, established a skill training center in Hamirpur that provides targeted employment-linked skill training to socially and economically challenged adolescents in the area.

Sh. Anurag Singh Thakur, Hon’ble Minister of Information & Broadcasting and Youth Affairs & Sports, Government of India, formally inaugurated the center in the presence of P Balaji, Chief Regulatory & Corporate Affairs Officer, VIL, Director, Vodafone Idea Foundation, who also presented certificates to some of the program’s first ‘graduates.’

“At a time when we are advancing towards building a new India, preparing the youth to be part of a skilled workforce and aiding their economic and personal empowerment is of utmost importance. It is for us to ensure that ample growth opportunities are provided to the youth. In the last eight years we’ve undertaken various intiatives aimed at upskilling, providing financial credit, and laying the foundation for India to emerge as the worlds largest skilled workforce. Today’s initiative is another step in that direction and I am happy to see participation from leading corporates like Vodafone Idea that have come forward to provide skill training to the youth and empower C2 – Vodafone Idea Internal local talent.” He added, “I am also happy to note that Vodafone Idea Foundation’s mobile van under the aegis of PMGDISHA will impart training on financial and digital literacy to communities in the region, which is an important life skill for all. I hope to see even more corporates coming forward to partner on skilling initiatives pertaining to their sector,”

Shri Anurag Singh Thakur, Hon’ble Minister for Information & Broadcasting and Youth Affairs & Sports, Government of India said.

Union Minister Anurag Thakur also launched the Vodafone Idea Foundation’s ‘Jaadu Ginni Ka’ mobile van on the occasion, advancing the Government of India’s digital literacy initiative even further.

Vodafone Idea Foundation’s vocational training center in Samirpur, which was developed in collaboration with Sambhav Foundation, is equipped with computers and a retail lab for the practical application of theoretical knowledge. The center will offer local and relevant job-related skill training in fields such as IT, ITES, and retail to the young. Students will receive face-to-face counseling as well as formative and summative evaluations as part of the program.

“India has one of the youngest populations in the world. The vision of a new India requires skills, new learnings and opportunities for sustained employment for the youth, especially at the grassroots. Our skill training project demonstrates a ready model that addresses the entire skills to employment cycle endto-end, is local, low cost, and easily scalable. Similarly, to bring financial literacy awareness and drive financial inclusion in the country, our ‘Jaadu Ginni Ka’ initiative aims to provide a comprehensive financial literacy development programme. We thank Union Minister Shri Anurag Thakur for his guidance, and the district officials for their cooperation and support on both these initiatives,”

P. Balaji, Chief Regulatory & Corporate Affairs Officer, VIL, Director, Vodafone Idea Foundation, said.

The Jaadu Ginni Ka mobile van will drive across the Hamirpur district, imparting fundamental digital and financial literacy skills and information. With the support of CSC Academy and Learning Links Foundation, Vodafone Idea Foundation has been driving the ‘Jaadu Ginni Ka’ program to spread financial literacy awareness as part of the Government of India’s flagship program for digital inclusion, PMGDISHA (Pradhan Mantri Gramin Digital Saksharta Abhiyaan).

Jaadu Ginni Ka is the Vodafone Idea Foundation’s flagship financial literacy initiative, which has reached over 1 crore individuals throughout the country, and over half of them are women. It previously backed the deployment of 29 mobile vans with the goal of bringing financial and digital knowledge to the masses.

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