On July 15, Tata Chemicals’ flagship Apprenticeship Training School (ATS) in Mithapur observed World Youth Skills Day. Established in 1954, this school has trained lakhs of young people to develop skills that make them employable in any manufacturing industry across sectors. To encourage students, the company offers them stipend during the course as per the Apprenticeship Act.

The company spokesperson informs CauseBecause that the programme is currently offered in Mithapur, location of the company’s biggest plant, but students from other parts of the country are eligible to join. The course is offered free of cost to students and placement is provided in industries across the country. The average starting salary of students ranges from INR 2 lakh to 3 lakh per annum, depending on the nature of the industry and place of posting.

According to the company, students who complete their course at ATS are in demand for their skills, securing employment in several leading industries. The ATS strives to empower local youth by ensuring that 75–80 per cent of its students are locals. Currently, the ATS has 187 students in various trades of maintenance and operations. These include boiler attendants, electricians, fitters, instrument technicians and computer operators. The faculty has industry experience so that students can understand the practical requirements.

In a press release shared with CB, R Nanda, chief human resources officer, Tata Chemicals, said, ‘In a post-COVID-19 world, as young people are called upon to contribute to the recovery effort, they will need to be equipped with the skills to successfully manage evolving challenges and the resilience to adapt to future disruptions. Initiatives like the our Apprentice Training School will continue to encourage the youth to follow the right direction and give them hope in a world filled with uncertainties. At Tata Chemicals, we have been committed to support the livelihoods of the local community by way of providing skill training for years. It is the reaffirmation of our commitment to train and develop the local youths in the skills required for a resurgent India.’