The Academy at Coimbatore aims to provide relevant and practical training to the underprivileged youth in six skills: refrigeration and air conditioning repair, electrical and home appliance repair, central air conditioning, pumps and motor repair, two and three-wheeler service technician and selling skills. It can train over 56 batches annually. The duration of the training is three months. To be eligible for these courses, one has to pass at least standard 8 and be between 18 and 30 years of age. All the training programmes include training on communication skills, financial literacy, and orientation for adapting to an organized working environment. In addition to the training, ICICI Academy provides free food, accommodation, and uniforms to the trainees. ICICI Foundation has tied up with various industry leaders as ‘Knowledge Partners’ help in co-creating the course curricula, content and training of the trainers.
ICICI Foundation provides placement assistance to trainees through industry partnerships and has continued to achieve 100% placement for all the trained youth. Till date, over 1,000 industry partners have recruited youth trained at various Academies. Companies like Reliance Digital Pvt Ltd, Yamaha India Ltd, Ramdevs Motors, Aurora Cooling Solutions, Velsons Engineers Pvt Ltd, Lotus TVS, Micro Tech Engineering Corporation, RA TVS, City Motors (Hero) and Bharath TVS among others have recruited trainees from the Academy at Coimbatore.
It is a commendable job by ICICI to provide livelihood to people who would want to earn, but don’t know how nor have the experience or exposure to do the same, and ICICI Academy for Skills makes them learn a skill and make a living out of it.
About ICICI Foundation for Inclusive Growth (ICICI Foundation): It was founded by the ICICI Group in early 2008, to carry forward and build upon ICICI Group’s legacy of promoting inclusive growth. ICICI Foundation seeks to help inclusive growth in India by contributing to the key enablers required for widespread participation in economic opportunities in the country. Through focused initiatives in the identified areas including primary health care, elementary education, skill development and sustainable livelihood and financial inclusion, ICICI Foundation is working towards building capabilities and developing innovative models that can be replicated and scaled up in future. ICICI Academy for Skills operates under the aegis of ICICI Foundation.