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As the world becomes more competitive in terms of resources and opportunities, the difference between the haves and the have-nots' will eventually be decided by skill and will, rather than fate.
As a global business, we touch lives through a multitude of products and services. Across geographies and demographics, we are initiating and spearheading programmes that enable people to not only make a living, but also a life. This scale and operational know-how also gives you and your organisation, an opportunity to make lives better by stoking ambitions and furthering skill development.


Bridge IT
In a remote village in rural Uttar Pradesh, Harischandra Babu is a walking digital money service. Using his laptop he is able to help villagers open bank accounts, teaching them how to make online transactions. He has used his laptop to live stream voting during elections in the world’s largest democracy. He also helps school children learn using Computer Aided Learning (CAL), a form of educational software. Harischandra is one of 235 digital entrepreneurs across India to have benefitted from Tata Consultancy Services’ BridgeIT program, which aims to give young people in rural communities the skills they need to become entrepreneurs, while also improving the education of children in these areas and closing the literacy gap between India’s rural and urban adult populations.
It is a collaboration between TCS and the National Confederation of Dalit and Adivasi Organisations (NACDAOR), an NGO based in Delhi which works with Dalit communities, and Pratham Infotech Foundation, a charity that produces educational resources, such as CAL software. From its humble beginnings four years ago in Uttar Pradesh, BridgeIT has expanded to help people like Nadini in 265 villages spread across nine Indian states. And it continues to grow, as more and more once-marginalised people become empowered through digital technology.
Enabling Women to Do More
Tata Motors Grihini Social Welfare Society is a women's collective and socio-commercial enterprise dedicated to skill building and economic empowerment of women in the families of Tata Motors employees. Set up in 1974, it facilitates infrastructure, seed capital, and the training essential for women to become financially independent and supplement the household income. Today, it has 4 registered affiliated cooperative societies and 1,000 members across 17 centres.
Promoting Budding Talent
Tata Communications' commitment to building an inclusive society is built on a platform of entrepreneurship development among the marginalised communities. The Company has been sponsoring programmes for selected candidates across India, in partnership with the Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India (EDI), Ahmedabad. So far, 100 youth and women from Pune have been trained and the Company aims at setting up 50 small scale enterprise units.


Assisting Farmers to Improve Yield
Tata Power initiated the sustainable agriculture programme under the 'Samridhi' initiative in 28 villages in the Maval and Karjat talukas in Maharashtra. The programme assists farmers by creating awareness on superior farming practices aimed at improving crop yield. It also guides farmers with the selection of the crop, seed treatment and the right techniques for sowing and cultivating seeds. So far, the Samridhi initiative has benefited nearly 1,200 farmers.


Facilitating Rural Employment
Okhai was established as a separate trust in 2009 by Tata Chemicals to promote rural economy and assist any activity which creates semi-urban and rural employment, directly or indirectly. 39 Self Help Groups (SHGs), with over 425 members are currently registered with Okhai.


Striving to Develop Skills
Tata STRIVE, the group-wide skilling initiative, aims to set up a replicable model of training and skill development. It is backed by both Tata Group and individual Tata Companies. Tata STRIVE will optimise and scale up the various skill initiatives currently being undertaken across Tata companies. Tata STRIVE aims to develop capacity to train 1 million youth, annually, by 2022 for employment, entrepreneurship and community enterprise.
Shaping Rewarding Careers
The Indian Hotels' hospitality training programme offers skills-based training to underprivileged youth, helping them find better jobs and ensuring promising careers. Set up in partnership with government and non-government organizations such as ITI, Don Bosco and Pratham, the skill training centres provide basic training in hotel industry processes to rural youth. Indian Hotels now partners with 36 such centres and has trained more than 10,000 youth over the last 4 years, 95% of who have gained employment.


BPS Employability
Launched in 2010 under the ambit of the Tata Affirmative Action Programme (TAAP), the TCS BPS Employability programme provides Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST) or economically disadvantaged students free employability training. The programme is based on the MAGEC model, which comprises of five areas: Maths, Analytical, General, English and Computer. The trainees are taught the basics of English grammar and communication and even learn how to participate in group discussions. Values, common etiquette, soft skills and survival tips for city life also form a part of the curriculum. At the end of the free training, they are also taught computer skills, quantitative and analytical reasoning, interview and aptitude test tips.
Once the 100 hours of training comes to an end, TCS organises a recruitment process for the trainees. The programme has extended its reach to 19 states across India, with additional focus on the North Eastern states. As of September 2018, the BPS Employability program has trained 80,757 people of which 37% were from the Affirmative Action category.
Enhancing Employability & Safety
Tata Motors launched the Driver Training Programme in August 2011. A unique initiative that enhances employability and safety by offering training in driving skills, the programme aims to train about 3.4 million drivers of light and heavy commercial vehicles over the next 10 years. The plan is to set up 1,690 driver-training centres in 10 years, in partnership with driving schools and other agencies, with Tata Motors providing training content and monitoring the quality of training.
Igniting Young Minds
Launched in 2011 at Tata Steel, the industrial cadet programme provides young people (aged 14-16) insight into how a business operates. It aims at introducing them to careers in manufacturing and technology, and inspiring them to study STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) subjects at school.
Nurturing Critical Skills
Tata Steel KZN has launched several programmes, of which skills development and women empowerment related activities take high priority. The company has identified several schools that need funding and have worked with these schools to serve them in their needs. Tata Steel KZN also puts a great deal of effort into hiring and training local citizens to work at the plant.


Unleashing Aspirations to Succeed
Project 'Udaan' is an initiative by TCS to help youth from Jammu & Kashmir caught in challenging circumstances to prove their mettle and join the workforce. The project is a joint initiative by the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC), Government of India, and Special Industry Initiative (SII). TCS has been associated with the programme since its inception and aims to create opportunities for at least 850 youth, over a five-year period. Till date, the programme has trained 450 candidates, of which 250 are currently employed with TCS.
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