Vodafone Idea Foundation, the corporate social responsibility (CSR) arm of Vodafone Idea Limited (Vi), has set up a skill training centre in Hamirpur that offers dedicated employment-linked skill training to socially and economically challenged youth within their vicinity to contribute toward upskilling and building a future-ready talent force. The centre was formally inaugurated by Anurag Singh Thakur, Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting, and Youth Affairs and Sports, in the presence of P Balaji, chief regulatory and corporate affairs officer, Vi, and director, Vodafone Idea Foundation, who also honoured some of the initial graduates of the programme with certificates.

Commenting on the initiative, Anurag Singh Thakur, Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting and Youth Affairs and Sports, government of India, said, “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 have undertaken various initiatives aimed at upskilling, providing financial credit, and laying the foundation for India to emerge as the world’s largest skilled workforce. Today’s initiative is another step in that direction and I am happy to see participation from leading corporates like Vi that have come forward to provide skill training to the youth and empower local talent. I am also happy to note that Vodafone Idea Foundation’s mobile van under the aegis of Pradhan Mantri Gramin Digital Saksharta Abhiyaan (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.”

Vodafone Idea Foundation’s skill training centre established in Hamirpur, in partnership with Sambhav Foundation, is equipped with computers and a retail lab for practical implementation of theoretical knowledge. The centre will provide the youth with local and relevant employment-linked skill training in disciplines such as information technology (IT), information technology enabled services (ITES) and retail. As part of the curriculum, students will also be provided with face-to-face counselling, and formative and summative assessments.

Meanwhile, P. Balaji, chief regulatory and corporate affairs officer, Vi, and director, Vodafone Idea Foundation, said, “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 end-to-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 Anurag Thakur for his guidance, and the district officials for their cooperation and support on both these initiatives.”

The Jaadu Ginni Ka mobile van will travel across the Hamirpur district to impart knowledge and training on basic digital and financial literacy skills. As part of the government of India’s flagship programme for digital inclusion, PMGDISHA, Vodafone Idea Foundation has been driving the Jaadu Ginni Ka programme with the support of CSC Academy and Learning Links Foundation to spread awareness on financial literacy.

Jaadu Ginni Ka is Vodafone Idea Foundation’s flagship programme in the domain of financial literacy and has impacted more than 10 million people, almost half of them women, across the country. It has previously supported the deployment of 29 mobile vans with the aim to take financial and digital literacy to the grassroots level.