Amazon India launches pilot programme for skill development via apprenticeship

Amazon India earlier this week announced the launch of its skill development programme under the National Apprenticeship Promotion Scheme (NAPS) across its warehouses in Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru and Hyderabad.

The initiative has been launched with a pilot program for 1,000 apprentices and will be scaled further, Amazon India said in a statement.

The official statement further said, “The company aims at training youth whose learning journey or placement was impacted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Apprentices will be identified through various sources including NSDC-accredited training centres (DDU-GKY Centres) and the NSDC Skilling Database.”

“For us, skilling is not only meaningful but a sustainable and long-term approach. We are deeply invested in creating opportunities for the youth which will help them secure gainful and skilled employment in the future. We are excited to launch the pilot program with 1,000 apprentices at our Fulfilment Centres and then scale further with time.”

~ Swati Rustagi, Director of Human Resources (Customer Fulfilment), Amazon India

In the six-month-long programme, the company will train the apprentices on warehousing and inventory management skills for the roles of warehouse associates and process associates, and provide them with monthly stipend in line with guidelines mandated under NAPS, read the statement.

“It is encouraging to see large job creators like Amazon furthering our vision to enhance the employability of the youth. We are confident that this apprentice program will help create a skilled workforce which will greatly benefit our communities and the economy.”

~ Anita Srivastava, Joint Director at Ministry of Skill Development And Entrepreneurship

The e-commerce giant further explained that the curriculum of the programme will consist of a mix of classroom sessions, on-the-job learning and assessments held at the fulfilment centres in Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru and Hyderabad.

Furthermore, all the health and safety measure like social distancing and regular sanitization will be kept in mind during this programme, said Amazon India.

The apprentices towards the end of the programme will be assessed by the Logistics Sector Skill Council and post the assessment, will be awarded certification. Amid this, the apprentices will be considered for both seasonal and full-time employment opportunities.

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