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BILT launches employability training programme

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Paper manufacturer Ballarpur Industries Ltd announced the launch of an employability training programme, an initiative aimed at enhancing the vocational skills of underprivileged youth, at its Yamunanagar plant.

Co-funded by United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the programme 'Ek Mouka', targets school dropouts, unemployed secondary school graduates, street youth and settlement community members.

CAP Foundation and the Society for All Round Development (SARD) are also supporting the programme. “Ek Mouka is in sync with our CSR policy and aims to provide education and employment opportunities to the Yamunanagar youth. With expertise from the CAP Foundation and SARD, the programme will surely be successful,” BILT Chief General Manager-CSR Yashashree Gurjar said in a statement.

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The programme seeks to bring the poor sections of the community into the mainstream. It targets dependents of BILT employees, contractual workers and Self Help Group members. The course has modules in Spoken English, Personality Development and Basic Computer Operations to meet the burgeoning service sector employment opportunities at malls, hotels and BPOs.

The participants need to contribute only Rs 500 each for the entire course. The balance amount of Rs 4,000 per person will be jointly shared by BILT and CAP Foundation through USAID funding. BILT and Cap Foundation hope to reach out to around 500 youths from the vicinity by the year-end. BILT, through its CSR programme, will assist the trained participants in seeking suitable placement, the statement said.

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