Sukinda: The IMFA on Sunday laid foundation stone for construction of a proposed Industrial Training Centre (ITC) at Sukinda in Jajpur district with local MLA Priti Ranjan Ghadai attending the occasion.
The IMFA’s CSR arm BIPF would undertake the work to provide technical training and education to local youths of the Sukinda valley, home to the bulk of country’s chrome ore reserve.
The training centre which is targeted to be operational in 2015 would impart training on three trades, Fitter, Electrician and Welding, as per the National Council of Vocational Training guidelines.
It would also impart short-term duration courses like data entry operations, heavy vehicle maintenance, mining machinery maintenance and other construction skills. The ITC, which is estimated to come up at a cost of Rs 12 crore, would gradually expand to give a mixed output of 970 students within a span of five years.
The training centre would evolve as one of the few centers of excellence imparting quality training of the country. The BIPF is already successfully operating an ITC at Therubali which was set up by the IMFA 20 years ago.
Commenting on the occasion, BIPF trustee and CEO Shaifalika Panda said, “India has the world’s largest youth workforce and skill development is a significant challenge. This ITC is a step towards reducing the gap between the demand and supply of skilled manpower.”
Panda further said the ITC in Sukinda would give opportunities to local youths to acquire required skills to get employment either locally or elsewhere.