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LANXESS India opens a skill development centre in Thane

B-ABLE Skill Centre helps train 129 candidates with vocational training and job assistance

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LANXESS, Lanxess India, Thane, B ABLE, BASIX Academy for Building Lifelong Employability Limited, BASIX, LANXESS AG Board of Management, Dr. Rainier van Roessel, Dr. Anno Borkowsky, Neelanjan Banerjee, D Sattaiah

LANXESS India has established a skill development centre in Thane as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility programme to provide training to aspiring candidates looking for suitable employability. The LANXESS  B-ABLE SKILL CENTRE was set up in association with BASIX Academy for Building Lifelong Employability Limited (B-Able) who is the implementation partner for the project for a period of three years covering Thane, Jhagadia and Nagda.

At a brief event in Thane, LANXESS AG Board of Management members Dr. Rainier van Roessel and Dr. Anno Borkowsky along with Neelanjan Banerjee, vice chairman and MD, LANXESS India, presented a cheque of Rs. 5 million to D Sattaiah, CEO & MD of B-Able for project implementation in the second year.

In its first year, LANXESS India successfully trained 129 candidates in its centre in Thane wherein the candidates were given training under the categories of Sewing Machine operators and Call Centre executives. The courses started in January 2019 and after completion, candidates were assisted with placements. A total of 96 candidates which is 78% of the total enrolments, have been placed in companies or have started their own business after the project concluded. LANXESS has supported B-Able on this project with the cost of mobilisation, training, human resource, rent for the facility etc.

The project is focused on providing skill development training for the youth who are unskilled, semi-skilled, school drop outs and come from the underprivileged sections living in and around LANXESS India’s operations.  LANXESS India has funded the project to provide sustainable livelihood to such underprivileged youth. This program has been designed for three years starting from Thane in the first year, Jhagadia in the second and Nagda in the third year with nearly 125 candidates being trained each year.

For the current financial year, an on-ground survey in and around Jhagadia in Gujarat found that the most popular employability choices for the local youth with lower academic qualification was that of a retail trainee associate. Taking a lead from the survey conducted by B-ABLE, LANXESS has financially supported the project in Jhagadia this year.

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