Wipro to improve employability in IT and BPM sectors
Wipro has announced the launch of communication and soft-skills training program for undergraduate students across India. The program, named Wipro Integrated Skill Enhancement Program (WISEPro), aims to improve the employability of the participants in the Information Technology, Business Process Management (BPM) and other service sectors.
According to a company statement, the pilot batch of the WISEPro initiative has been picked from the student community at Kolkata-based Techno India Group. Wipro plans to extend this programme nationally to over 5,000 students by the end of 2013-14 and make inroads into smaller cities and towns in India, apart from metros and bigger cities.
Students who successfully complete the programme will be awarded a certificate, after an assessment by Wipro. The certification will make them eligible for a placement at Wipro, if they are able to successfully clear one round of interviews. Subhasish Biswas, head - business excellence, Wipro BPO, said, “This initiative is an employability enhancement programme that will endeavour to train students for the services sector where high levels of communication and presentation skills are required, in addition to basic domain knowledge. It aims to improve the soft-skill based competencies, foster professional skills and thereby, enhance the employability of youth for various service sector domains.”
The 60-hour course consists of technology backed modules in a self-paced format, which give students the flexibility to work through the modules over a period of 3 months, alongside their core graduation course. This self-learning consists of a Business Communication Skills module by TaraSpan Solutions, along with a Corporate Readiness module that is proprietary to Wipro. In addition to the e-learning modules, the programme has periodic classroom connect components, wherein students can interact with trainers. The IT-ITES Sector Skills Council (SSC), Nasscom has provided valuable guidance in designing the curriculum and training methodology of the programme, says Wipro.
“We are glad that an organization of Wipro’s stature has taken the lead in moving towards the adoption of published National Occupational Standards (NOS) for job roles/qualification packs and we, at SSC Nasscom, are glad to support and guide them in this endeavour,” said Dr Sandhya Chintala, executive director, Sector Skills Council, Nasscom, in a statement, commenting on the initiative.
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