Recognizing education as one of the building blocks of any nation and consider it as a priority area for its CSR interventions, a number of initiatives have been undertaken in this respect like establishing JN Tata Technical Education Centre at Gopalpur and ‘Tata Steel Skill Development Centre’ at Berhampur. All these initiatives have been undertaken to benefit the communities the company is operating in, by helping to increase the literacy levels of these areas.
JN Tata Technical Education Centre
JN Tata Technical Education Centre has been established in the year 2005, to provide high quality technical education to the youth to make them Industry ready. The institute is managed by M/s Nettur Technical Training Foundation, a renowned group in the field of Technical education. More than 700 youth have graduated from this institute till date. The institute provides 3 year full time residential courses for Diploma in the branches of Mechatronics, Electrical and Electronics and been achieving close to 100 % placement from campus. The diploma graduates have been employed by renowned companies like Ashok Leyland, Maruti, Robert Bosch, L&T, Asia Motor Works, Tata Sponge Iron Ltd., OCL, etc.
Tata Steel Skill Development Centre
‘Tata Steel Skill Development Center’ has been set up at Berhampur, the nearby town in collaboration with NIIT Foundation, a Non-Profit implementing organization that focuses on providing employability skills to underserved youth of India. Through this initiative, backed by the industry recognised NIIT group certification, the local students of Berhampur and of the region within the age group of 12 to 25 will gain affordable IT training for three months.
Industrial Sewing Machines Operator Training
Tata Steel Rural Development Society, in partnership with Shahi Exports Pvt. Ltd, has started training on Industrial Sewing Machines Operator at Tata Steel Skill Development Centre, Khodasingi, and Berhampur. Presently, the training is open for only girls. Each batch has 30 seats. So far, three batches have been completed and a total of 67 students have passed out from the institute. 100 % percent placement has been made at Shahi Exports unit at Bangalore.
PACE Skill Training Centre
‘PACE Skill Training Centre’, formerly known as SAMARTH Skill Development Centre, was started in March 2014. So far, seven batches of food production and bakery courses have been completed and 130 students have passed out. Presently, training course on only food production is being run at ‘PACE Skill Centre’ at Sheregada, about 50 kms from Berhampur. The centre is being run by Pratham, an NGO , in collaboration with State Government .
Out of 130 students, total 105 students have been placed in star hotels, resorts and restaurants. A new course on food and beverage with 25 students has been incorporated recently.
It is the flagship programme launched by Tribal Cultural Society (TCS) way back in 1974 to support the economically backward meritorious students belonging to SC/ST communities of periphery villages of Tata Steel. In FY 2015-16, 142 school and college students from around 65 schools and 7 degree colleges of Rangeilunda and Chhatrapur blocks of Ganjam district were awarded the scholarship.