Swiss modules leading to more jobs at higher salaries to ITI passouts

Anand (Gujarat) : Although he had graduated from an ITI, Chintan Patel, had little skills to show for his abilities in the industry. On Friday, however, this son of a farmer, demonstrated how he can programme an advanced robot that can be used in foundry sector.

Patel was one of the 23 graduates from rural and poor backgrounds, who have benefited from Indo-Swiss SWISSMEM (Swiss Mechanical and Electrical Manufacturing Industries)-a joint venture between National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) and Swiss Government, which has imparted training to such students through a skill training module.

In August 2015, Ace Foundation centre that is being run at Rhino Machines, a MSME-based in GIDC Vitthal Udyognagar in Karamsad, and has SkillSonics as knowledge partner had started the first batch for training such ITI graduates.

“We had taken an entrance test of 400 students of whom 23 students belonging to mechanical and electrical branches were selected. The course offered to them was covered by NSDC under capital goods sector skill council,” said managing director of Rhino Machines Manish Kothari.

The students, who hailed from remote villages in the radius of 20 kilometre in and around Anand, were given a stipend of Rs3,500 per month apart from training material.

“They have not only received training as per Swiss standards but each one of them has also bagged job offers from industries located in Rajasthan, Bhavnagar, Ahmedabad, Surat, Vadodara, Jalandhar, Howrah, Belgaum, Faridabad, Mohali, Jhagadia among others,” said Kothari, who himself will absorb 50 per cent of the trained students.

Normally, such ITI graduates earn anywhere between Rs3,000 and Rs3,500 per month. “But, we have got letter of engagement from 15 industries who are ready to employ them with salary ranging from Rs6,000 to Rs12,000 per month depending on capability of the candidates,” added Kothari.

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