Empowering those with disabilities

The two-year initiative is an intensive advocacy and job-placement campaign to enable companies to recruit and place the maximum number of young adults with disabilities. The joint effort aiming to influence the employability quotient of the physically-disabled population in mainstream jobs in the organised sector will kick start on World Disability Day (December 3, 2011).

The initiative is made possible by the  support of the Wadhwani  Foundation through ‘Opportunity Network for the Disabled’, one of their key initiatives.

Wadhwani Foundation will fund part of the interested candidate’s fees to undertake skill development training and courses across 120 IIJT centres in the country.

Sharing his views on this campaign, Ajay Kela, President and CEO of Wadhwani Foundation said, “India has a very unique talent pool of an estimated two to three million disabled but educated students. Corporate India could derive better business value in terms of higher productivity, reduced attrition and lowered retraining costs by employing this proven and tenacious, but generally ignored talent pool. Wadhwani Foundation has been working towards promoting recruitment of the disabled as a business value proposition since 2010. This initiative will help Wadhwani Foundation in fulfilling its goal to be a catalyst to streamline the hiring of the disabled into sustainable, high quality jobs in the formal sector.”

IIJT would impart training to PwDs through a specially-designed curriculum which will help candidates to find jobs in  areas such as customer handling/ relations.

The course curriculum is structured in a way that the candidates will be trained to match job profiles and deliver organisation-oriented output. Candidates will also have an opportunity to assess themselves through an assessment test which would gauge their employability quotient. After taking as assessment test, candidates will be counselled on planning their career to pick the right course that suit their skill-set.

Reassuring IIJT’s commitment towards improving employability Neeti Sharma, Vice President, TeamLease, IIJT said, “Apart from training physically-challenged candidates, we are also committed in placing them through our job fairs. On the basis of the response this year, we will take it up on a larger scale next year”.  The courses being offered as part of the training curriculum are:
nBasics of Accounting & Tally 9 ERP (Mod 1 to Mod 3 of CBA) leading to entry level accounting jobs

*Non-Voice Data Processing leading to BPO jobs
*Voice Processing leading to BPO jobs
*Data entry operators leading to data entry jobs

With this programme, TeamLease - IIJT plans to train 500 physically-disabled youth between the age group of 18 to 30 in the next one year and scale it up to 2000 in the next year.

Teamlease-IIJT, over the recent past, have revolutionised the vocational training and placement scenario with their successful tie-ups with various state governments to implement skill development for the youth under public-private partnerships. IIJT also conducts job fairs every month on a national scale for the unemployed. The partnership with Wadhwani Foundation will now offer the same opportunities to the physically challenged community.

Candidates can walk into any of the 120 IIJT centres across the country to avail this grant. For more details, visit www.iijt.net or call 1800-2666777.

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