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Deccan Fine Chemicals readies for skill training

The company responds to the labour and welfare department’s demand for skilling youth, reports Serilda Coutinho

The state government’s push to get industry to skill local youth looks like is bearing fruit. Deccan Fine Chemicals, one of the leading players in pharmaceuticals, animal health and agrochemicals, recently announced a skill development program in their Corlim plant for Goan youth.

The 12-month duration program is expected to generate employment and impart skill based training through classroom as well on the job training session. It is for science graduates and ITI pass-outs who wish to be taught skills and earn as they learn.

Yogesh Arora, head, human resources and CSR, explains “We face a shortage of readily available skilled labour despite vacancies in our company. Currently there are no diploma courses or ITI courses with chemical trade available in the state. As many of our employed staff is nearing retirement, we will need new staff to take up their responsibility. Trained candidates can be accommodated during the summer vacancies.” He adds that, students with BSC in chemistry and ITI with relevant technical trades can apply for the program.

According to Arora, the programme curriculum will revolve around learning about distribution control system, understanding general plant operation, operating systems and procedures, chemical handling, health, safety and environment quality management system. The program will be 25 percent of classroom learning and 75 per cent of practical training.  With the company operating at high level o0f automation and safety standards, candidates will be imparted technical knowledge to operate the automated machinery. The course will focus on manufacturing operations at site.

Candidates who get selected for the skilling programme stand a chance for future employment. “Trainees will be assessed on regular basis after every three months and based on their performance in the training and ability to grasp the subject they will be provided an opportunity to work with us depending on the vacancies available,” says Arora. On completion of the program, successful trainees will be offered the role of operations executives at the site. ““We have three manufacturing sites in Goa, Hyderabad and Gujarat. If we don’t have vacancies at our plants these trainees can be easily employed in other chemical companies due to advanced level of training given to them.” says Arora.

On the payment front, the stipend is really attractive. Candidates during the skill development program will be offered Rs 13,000 per month for ITI students and Rs 16, 000 per month for BSc graduates.

Deccan Fine Chemicals, is the second large company in Goa to announce a skill development programme, in recent months. Lack of skills among local youth is often cited as a reason for their not getting jobs. To address the problem the department of labour and employment said that it would ask industries in the state to start skilling courses.

Arora says that, the company has employees who have worked with it for years and grown from the shop floor level to higher posts. “I have seen our employees at the unit transforming from a group leader to a shift leader to even attaining the post of a manufacturing manager.”

Candidates who apply for the program have to be registered under the employment exchange. About 80 application have been received till date since the program was announced earlier this month. Only 15 trainees will finally be selected for the program. The selection process to shortlist the candidates will be based on their SSC performance, knowledge of the curriculum studied as well as safety and quality consciousness. The last date for receiving application for the program is January 15 and candidates can apply through email on smw.recruitment@deccanchemicals.com. With limited seats available, the selection process looks tough but it offers a world of opportunity to the deserving candidate. As more and more  industries launch skill development programmes several Goan youth will hopefully get a chance to upgrade themselves.

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