CMC, Unitec Institute launches two vocational education programs

These programs would be initially offered at CMC Academy centres in Hyderabad, Chennai and Pune.

June 05, 2013 3:12 IST | India Infoline News Service

CMC Limited and Unitec Institute of Technology, New Zealand today announced launch of two vocational education programs aimed at building highly skilled manpower for the Construction Industry and for meeting the demand of high end areas in the IT Industry. These programs would be initially offered at CMC Academy centres in Hyderabad, Chennai and Pune.

The one year 'PG Program in Construction Project Management' has been developed in collaboration with leading players in the construction and infrastructure sector and is aimed at developing and sourcing well-grounded construction project managers. The program includes real life project experience and is aimed at Engineering Graduates and Engineering Diploma holders.

The one year 'PG Program in Data Analytics and Cyber Security' is a high end program covering other niche areas like including Adaptive Business Intelligence. With the increasing quantum of data crunching, advent of big data and global need for business intelligence, the demand for highly skilled individuals in the analytics domain is growing rapidly.

The PG Programme in Computing offers students an academic pathway to a Master's Degree from Unitec, New Zealand by recognising the prior learning along with work experience. Students would take part in a block module in New Zealand and then complete their degree in India.

Speaking on the occasion, R Ramanan, MD & CEO CIVIC Limited said, "CMC is committed to bridging the skills gaps by introducing specific high quality job-enabling education and training programs to meet the rapidly evolving needs of the industry. The CMC alliance with Unitec is a strategic scalable initiative, aiming to address the vocational training skills gaps in India, in partnership with leading industries in the market place to offer world class vocational training and assist in job placements through our training academies."

"These programs are aimed at addressing the huge need for highly skilled manpower to meet India's increasing pace of development," says Unitec Chief Executive Rick Ede. "Our partnership with CMC, a well-regarded Tata enterprise, has developed well and we are keen to expand the portfolio of work-integrated vocational training programs to be offered in India"

"The industry requires skilled people at all levels and these programs are aimed at the building highly skilled resourced at the mid-level" said Mr Arun Varma, CMC's Global Business Head for Education and Training " we aspire to be the largest player in the job enabling vocational education and training space " he added.

CMC Academy currently offers Job Enablement Training in IT, Accounting & Finance, soft skills and several skill areas through training locations across India. CMC recently entered in an alliance with NSDC and under the UDAAN initiative CMC plans to train graduates from J&K in specialised IT skills in the area of Software Engineering, Software Development, Embedded Systems and IT Infrastructure Management through their flagship CMC JET (Job Enablement Training) program that will lead them to careers in the IT Industry.

India's accelerated economic growth and increasing demand for skilled manpower will require intensive efforts if they are to achieve the target of up skilling 500 million workers by 2022. Recent estimates have only 10% of the total workforce in the country receiving some kind of skills training (2% with formal training and 8% with informal training). According to the NSSO survey only 6% of the total workforce (459 million) is in the organized sector. The World Economic Forum indicates that only 25% of all Indian professionals are considered employable by the organised sector. The unorganised sector is not supported by any structured skill development and training system to acquire or upgrade skills.

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