Under its Corporate Social Responsibility Programme, ICICI Bank has initiated a course on providing vocational training to the youth from economically weaker section of the society through its newly opened skill training academy in Jaipur.

ICICI Bank has opened a skill training academy in Jaipur as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility(CSR) efforts, to provide vocational training to youth from economically weaker section of the society.

“The vocational training course will provide sustainable livelihood opportunities to the beneficiaries,” ICICI Bank Managing Director and Chief Executive Chanda Kochhar said in Jaipur.

“The launch marks the next step in our strategy to promote inclusive growth in India, will train 5,000 youth at nine training centres across the country in the first year of operation,” she said, adding, the academy aims to train 15,000 youth across the country by 2016.

The courses offered will include selling skills, office administration and web design for graduates; and electrical & home appliance repair, refrigeration and air-conditioning repair, and diesel generator & pump repair for Class X passouts, Kochhar said. The duration of the courses will be of about 12 weeks.

She also said the bank is already close to the target of spending 2 per cent of average profits on activities relating to CSR that has been mandated in the new Companies’ law.

“We are very close to this target as we have been expanding to new initiatives over time. The formal reporting on the per cent of profit used for CSR would be started from next year,” she said.

Apart from Jaipur, Kochhar said, the skill development centres would be set up in Coimbatore, Chennai, Hyderabad, etc through the ICICI Foundation.

“In the last five years, we have significantly expanded our efforts with a sharp focus on four key areas that are essential enablers for widespread participation in economic opportunities in the country education, healthcare, skill development for sustainable livelihoods and financial inclusion,” she said.


SOURCE: Business Standard

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