Graduate Add-On Program funded by ADB (Asian Development Bank)
Indian Institute of Skill Development (IISD) is executing the ADB funded Graduate Add-On Project in agreement with Himachal Pradesh Kaushal Vikas Nigam (HPKVN), Department of Govt. of Himachal Pradesh, for skilling and thereby improving the employment quotient of the youth of Himachal Pradesh (HP) through skill training in various trades and also assistance for placements.
Right skilling and relevant employment are the two important challenges facing the youth of HP that IISD is helping overcome through the Graduate Add-On (G-JOB) program. This is one of the key programs for skilling youth of HP, and HPKVN has selected IISD as the training partner to train and place 2000 students over a period of 2 years.
In the first phase, 5 government colleges having a strength of more than 550 students have been enrolled for this skill training program in the area of IT/ITES and BFSI. Experienced trainers from the core stream as well as Soft Skill trainers have been training these students to acquire the right skills, as required by the industry, in specific areas of their interest. The curriculum is as per NOS/QP guidelines set by the respective Sector Skill Council which gives both theory and practical exposure as per detailed lesson plans. Students will get a certificate and placement assistance on completion of G-JOB program.
Final year students of government colleges in Shimla, Nahan, Amb, Naduan and Ghumarwin have been enrolled with the G-JOB program. They will undergo 400 hours of core skill training and 40 hours of soft skills training, followed by third party assessment. Students who clear the assessment will be eligible to sit for placement drives organized by IISD. Through the duration of the program, the students are groomed through soft skill workshops on personality development. IISD also organizes ‘Industry Best Practices’ sessions in which experts from the industry give insights about the market scenario, product knowledge, opportunities for fresh graduates and expectations from them. Such programs connects student with the industry and gives them a better understanding of life in the corporate sector.
IISD also holds pre-placement talks and campus placement drives at colleges and brings job opportunities to these students. Brand names like Tech Mahindra, ICICI Bank, Tele-performance, HDFC Bank, Competent Synergies, Maruti Suzuki, Vishal Mega Mart, Reliance Jio, Mahindra Holidays, ISON BPO etc., have given their consent for participating in IBP sessions and the hiring process of IISD G-Job Program. Student get a job offer while still in college, before finishing their graduation, but can join only after their final year exams.
IISD also gives post placement support especially for students placed outside Himachal, both during and after their joining process with companies. Both girls and boys students are given assistance to look for separate hostel facilities, in case they like to opt for the same, in cities like Chandigarh and Mohali.