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Raymond to set up skill training units

Ram Bhatnagar in Calcutta on Saturday. Picture by Kishor Roy Chowdhury

Calcutta, Feb. 15: Raymond Ltd will set up an institute in Bengal to train the unemployed youth free of cost in tailoring.

The textiles and fabric major has signed a memorandum of understanding with the state government in the presence of chief minister Mamata Banerjee to set up two centres at Mominpur and Domjur (Howrah).

The state government will provide the infrastructure support, while Raymond will bring in experts to train the individuals.

The first Skilled Training Institute by Raymond (STIR) at Mominpur will start operations in April. The centre at Domjur is expected to start in six months. STIR will also help secure placements.

“We are looking to train 6,800 youths. This will be a world class training institute with high-class instructors,” said Ram Bhatnagar, vice-president and head (sales and distribution), Raymond Ltd.

“Once the trainees pass out, they will be posted in various Raymond shops. We have 700 shops across the country. They can create self-help groups. We intend to open workshops where they can get deployed,” Bhatnagar said.

Courses will range from basic tailoring to specialised training in stitching.

Bengal is the fourth state where the STIR initiative will be implemented. Raymond has previously worked with the Bihar and Uttar Pradesh governments. It also operates two centres in Rajasthan. The company plans to start 20 more centres across India in the next five years to train over 10,000 students.

According to Hridesh Mohan, principal secretary, technical education and training of Bengal, skills training will be a strong focus area and the state has also approached electronics major Samsung for a similar collaboration.

Bengal plans to start a similar facility in Jangalmahal as well. The state has signed an MoU with industry body Ficci to develop a skill development centre in Burdwan.