HCL TalentCare, a wholly owned subsidiary of HCL Corporation which focuses on the task of training, skilling and staffing, plans to expand its geographical presence and focus on SMAC to cater to the growing demands of Industrie 4.0.
In an interaction with Deccan Herald, HCL TalentCare Director and Chief Mentor Premkumar S said HCL TalentCare started off its journey to train 20,000 youth across campuses in the country.
“Currently we have centres at Manesar, Hyderabad, and Chennai. Our focus are students from tier-2 and tier-3 cities. We will be looking at opportunities in Lucknow, Madurai, etc. by opening centres by next year. We are also looking at other cities and towns in India,” he said.
HCL TalentCare offers residential campus-based training programme for 6 to 12 months in information technology (IT), banking financial services and insurance (BFSI), and healthcare.
“We offer on-campus classroom learning, practice schools (labs and simulated work environments), internships with target companies, besides mentoring. The course curriculum is designed in a blended learning environment which we term as Signature Learning Experience and refer to our students as scholars,” he said.
He, however, ruled out backward integration by acquiring a staffing company. “We are reaching out to all educational institutions and do not have any direct tie-ups. This year we connected with 1,000-odd colleges and it will reach 5,000 by the end of 2018. Within three years we will train 20,000 scholars, and out of this more than 15,000 graduates would be placed in non-HCL entities,” he said.
On emerging areas, he said the company is looking at SMAC to be one of the premium programmes. “We will start out with the first batch of SMAC from September 2015. Each batch would be anywhere between 100 and 200 students. Our SMAC programme caters to the demands of Industrie 4.0 requirements where the IoT plays a pivotal role, for eg. 3D printing, remote manufacturing, etc.,” he said.
Besides SMAC, infrastructure, application development and support, and software testing under the IT sector, the company offers training in business development, and domain capability for banking sector. Healthcare infrastructure management training includes high-end equipment managed services, and training for exposure to imaging systems.
He said HCL TalentCare trains entry-level graduates first. “After completion of the curriculum, HCL TalentCare mentors the individuals for three years (called TalentSurance) to make the scholars future-proof on the career front,” he said.
Premkumar said the company is looking at a course on entrepreneurship as a distant goal. “Skilling requires aptitude, altitude, attitude, and alignment. Entrepreneurship is the fifth dimension. In terms of role readiness, the focus is to be ready for the role, the job. If a batch of people are ready to do something in the field of IoT, they will be supported as entrepreneurs, but this is a distant goal,” he said.