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Groz-Beck­ert Asia (GBA) Pvt. Ltd. has teamed up with Ap­parel Train­ing & De­sign Cen­tre (ATDC), In­dia’s largest qual­ity vo­ca­tional train­ing provider for the ap­parel in­dus­try, to pro­vide vo­ca­tional train­ing to young In­dian stu­dents in the tex­tile and ap­parel in­dus­try. No­tably, Groz-Beck­ert Asia is a wholly-owned In­dian sub­sidiary of Ger­many-based sup­plier of in­dus­trial nee­dles, pre­ci­sion com­po­nents and tools for the ap­parel and tex­tile in­dus­try, Groz- Beck­ert KG. The tech­nol­ogy provider in­tends to pro­mote skill de­vel­op­ment train­ing ac­tiv­i­ties un­der their CSR (Cor­po­rate So­cial Re­spon­si­bil­ity) ini­tia­tives in ap­parel sec­tor to cre­ate em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties/self-em­ploy­ment for the ben­e­fit of un­em­ployed/dis­ad­van­taged sec­tions of the so­ci­ety. The col­lab­o­ra­tion with ATDC is in line with Groz-Beck­ert’s CSR plans. Dr. An­ton Re­in­felder, MD, Groz-Beck­ert Asia, em­pha­sised the im­por­tance of pro­duc­tiv­ity in to­day’s busi­ness to re­main com­pet­i­tive as qual­ity is taken for granted as per re­quire­ment. “Stu­dents need to value work­ing on ma­chines at shopfloor level. There is a need for deeper en­gage­ment to make this ini­tia­tive of im­part­ing tech­ni­cal knowl­edge and skill to the un­der­priv­i­leged a sus­tain­able en­deav­our, main­tain­ing the con­sis­tency of train­ing qual­ity, thus mak­ing the stu­dents read­ily em­ploy­able,” said Dr. Re­in­felder.

Un­der the agree­ment, the train­ing will be of­fered at se­lected ATDC Cen­tres in man­u­fac­tur­ing clus­ters such as Lud­hi­ana, Tirupur, Noida, Mumbai, Ranchi, Indore and Okhla. Groz-Beck­ert will spon­sor the one-year train­ing pro­gramme for 40 stu­dents and the short-du­ra­tion cour­ses for 80 stu­dents. “The sup­port which Groz-Beck­ert

Asia is ex­tend­ing to the stu­dents will greatly help and mo­ti­vate the as­pir­ing can­di­dates to join ATDC’s fo­cused Vo­ca­tional Pro­grammes. The com­pany known for its Tech­nol­ogy Lead­er­ship has set a laud­able ex­am­ple, which we hope will be em­u­lated by more com­pa­nies,” averred Dr. Dar­lie O Koshy, DG & CEO, ATDC. It is worth men­tion­ing here that more than 3 lakh in­di­vid­u­als and 1.5 mil­lion fam­i­lies have im­proved their liv­ing stan­dards with sup­port from the ATDC-GBA as­so­ci­a­tion in the past 6-7 years. Both the par­ties now in­tend to in­crease the im­pact to a larger sec­tion. The col­lab­o­ra­tive train­ing pro­vided by ATDC-GBA has in­creased the skill-level of the dis­ad­van­taged in­di­vid­u­als to make them em­ploy­able in the tex­tile in­dus­try. Markedly, those get­ting train­ing here are be­ing of­fered em­ploy­ment not only in In­dia, but in over­seas too. ATDC has been un­der­tak­ing such projects since its in­cep­tion and has so far trained over 8,000 can­di­dates from the weaker seg­ments of the so­ci­ety at its 200 (ap­prox.) cen­tres in 23 states panIn­dia. The MoU sign­ing cer­e­mony be­tween ATDC and Groz-Beck­ert was signed by Dar­lie Koshy and An­ton Re­in­felder. G.S. Madan, Vice Chair­man, ATDC and EC Mem­ber of AEPC (Ap­parel Ex­port Pro­mo­tion Coun­cil) was also present at the event.

(L-R): An­ton Re­in­felder, MD, Groz-Beck­ert Asia Pvt. Ltd., G.S Madan, Vice Chair­man, ATDC; and Dr. Dar­lie Koshy DG & CEO, ATDC ex­chang­ing MoUs to pro­vide vo­ca­tional train­ing to the dis­ad­van­taged youth

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