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Vedanta Aluminium launches Skill Development Initiative for empowering youths in rural Odisha

Jharsuguda : Vedanta Aluminium, India’s largest producer of aluminum, has embarked on a major new skill development initiative in partnership with the Skill Development Institute, Bhubaneswar, a premier training institute in Odisha. The transformative program aims to empower youths from the rural hinterlands of Odisha by equipping them with market-relevant skills, enhancing their employability, and creating a skilled workforce for the future.

The inaugural batch of the program comprises 26 candidates, drawn from across Jamkhani, Girisima, Jharpalam, and Mendra villages in Sundargarh district. They will undergo a comprehensive six-month training as industrial electricians, in important modules such as basic electrical & electronics, domestic and industrial wiring, motor controls, transformers, earthing, underground cabling and joints, instrumentation, and other areas.

The training program bridges the gap between the unskilled and semi-skilled workforce and will help offer new avenues in employment opportunities for the participants. This will in turn contribute to their personal growth and the overall socio-economic development of the region. In continuation of this program, plans are also underway to onboard a separate batch for training in industrial welding soon, further expanding the range of skill training available.

Speaking about the initiative,  V. Srikanth, CEO – Mines, Vedanta Aluminium, said, “We are delighted to launch this skill development initiative, which reflects our strong and continued commitment to empowering the youth of Odisha. By partnering with the Skill Development Institute, we aim to provide the necessary expert guidance to transform the lives of young individuals, making them job-ready and fostering their socio-economic progress. This initiative underscores our dedication to nurturing local talent, fostering sustainable growth, and contributing to the overall development of the communities we operate in.”

Thanking the company, Barun Kanta, one of the youths undergoing training as part of the program, said, “I would like to thank Vedanta for providing skill training to the youth of our village, which will open an extended world of opportunities for us. I am looking forward to successfully completing the 6-month training program, which also comes with the possibility of placement assistance. This training will help me secure a job and take care of my family.”


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