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Focus on industry training
- APPL forges ties with top firms to upgrade its institute

Guwahati, Nov. 15: Amalgamated Plantations Private Limited (APPL) — the second largest tea producer in the country — has forged partnerships with leading companies to upgrade its industrial training institute at Udalguri.

The upgraded training centre will be inaugurated on Wednesday.

“We have upgraded the institute into a centre of excellence with the help of Tata Motors and the mechanic motor vehicle section has been refurbished into a world class facility with e-learning in English, Assamese and Hindi. A state-of-the-art driving simulator has been commissioned to speed up the training process,” Conrad Dennis, head of process development and strategy at APPL, said at a news conference here today.

The centre was set up in 1997 as part of its commitment to underprivileged people of Rowta and its adjoining areas in Udalguri. The institute is affiliated to the National Council for Vocational Training.

The official said Mahindra has a section where training on tractors and farm equipment will be imparted and Siemens and Havells are stepping in to assist in training the students with the latest of electrical motors and equipment.

Dennis said the present intake, which is 48, will be increased to 1,000 in a year’s time and they will make every effort to get the passouts employed. “There is a full-fledged admission test for joining the institute and the course is free,” he said.

The institute at present runs three two-year courses and plans to increase it to 10.

Dispur is also giving a lot of stress on skill development and has already launched the Multi-Disciplinary Skill Development Programme which stresses on development of skills in a significant way to give employment opportunities to the youths of the state.

Twenty-three multidisciplinary skill-development training centres are coming up in the current financial year.

Sources said the government has plans to set up an academy of construction on the lines of the National Academy of Construction and an Assam vocational training institute and regional vocational training institute for women in the public-private partnership mode.

According to the National Skill Development Corporation, there is need for skill development opportunities in sectors such as agriculture, fishery and animal husbandry, handloom and handicrafts, construction, horticulture and fruit processing and hospitality to create local employment or livelihood opportunities in Assam.

The corporation had identified 10 sectors that could result in migration from the region — beauty and wellness, hospitality, IT/ITES, retail, restaurants, music, sport, fashion, flight attendants, ground staff at airports, nursing and care for elderly.