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VOCAD to provide trained manpower

It is an attempt to reduce the difficulties in availability of employment opportunities to rural and semi-urban youth. Vocational Academy India (VOCAD), a private institution, plans to create an unbiased and a neutral channel for career counselling in non-metro areas and enable youth to choose from a variety of courses from different educational streams.

A joint initiative of Collaborate Group and STRiVE (an incubation of IFMR trust), VOCAD launched its services in April 2009, under the brand name VOCAD-Vocational Academy.

The institution intends to equip the rural and semi-urban youth with requisite skills in order to bridge the skill gap and provide trained manpower to various emerging service sectors.

Courses offered

Vocad has devised customised and job-oriented courses in Emerging Business, BFSI and Technical. Lifestyle, Telecom, Hospitality, Healthcare, Travel, Consumer Durables, Food and Grocery and Entrepreneurship Management are the programmes offered under emerging business sector. The technical and BFSI fields, which are yet to be launched, include Business Process Outsourcing (voice and data), construction management, automobile servicing, DTH service and banking, financial services, insurance, basic finance, basic accounting, securities and mutual funds.

The programmes offered are short-term certificate courses of three-month duration, which includes two months of classroom training and a month-long on-the-field experience.

Flexible classroom timings are available to students, keeping in mind their other commitments such as work and education.

The average course fee ranges between Rs.5,000 and Rs.7,500.

Eligibility

Applicants must have a minimum of 12th/PUC pass certificate or 10th with two years of experience. Later, they are expected to go through a Basic Aptitude Test (BAT) so as to identify the strengths, aptitude, aspiration and interest. The programmes are open to individuals in the age group of 18-50 years.

Nachiket Mor, Chairman, IFMR Trust, said, “Initiatives such as Vocational Academy are focused on enhancing the employability of semi-urban/rural students who have finished formal education that did not give them the skills to get or keep a job.”

Centres

Vocational Academy has launched 20 centres (eight owned and 12 franchised) across the country including Delhi, Greater Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Hyderabad, Pune, Ahmedabad and Bangalore.

For further details call 91 96638 80821.