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Ambuja Cement Foundation provides education for young people through ‘Skill and Entrepreneurship Training Institutes’

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Ambuja Cements Limited has always aimed to promote socio-economic development initiatives in rural areas across India. To further this vision, Ambuja Cement Foundation, the corporate social responsibility arm of the organisation, has consistently focused on initiatives like skilling, health & sanitation, rural infrastructure and female empowerment.

Over the last few months, Ambuja Cement Foundation has empowered over 74 000 youths across the country through its 35 Skill and Entrepreneurship Training Institutes (SEDI) spread across 10 states. In the state of Chhattisgarh, Ambuja Cement Foundation is helping educate young people, thereby enabling them to secure jobs and sustain their livelihoods.

Tulsi Sahu, a 22-year-old belonging to an underprivileged family, is one such beneficiary of this initiative. Coming from the rural region of Ksilora, Harban, Tulsi could not go on to higher studies and instead chose a job that helped provide for the family. However, after completing a course supported by Ambuja Cement foundation, Tulsi today works at Reliance Mall in Korba as a cashier. Not only has she been able to provide for her family, the training from SEDI has enabled improve her self- confidence.

Manas Dubey is another example that showcases the success of this initiative. After discontinuation of his studies, Manas wanted to build his career in the hospitality sector and the training provided by SEDI has ensured that he not only has a successful career, but he is also motivating others in his neighbourhood.

Neeraj Akhoury, MD & CEO, Ambuja Cements said, “At Ambuja Cements, we are committed to creating jobs and closing the skill gap not only in urban areas but also in rural India. This is a testimony to our ethos of contributing to our country’s Skill India initiative.”

Despite enormous potential in rural India, thousands of young people migrate each day to cities in search of education, training, and employment and livelihood opportunities. ACF establishes training institutes across rural India that provide youth with a wide range of skilling opportunities.

Pearl Tiwari, Director and CEO, Ambuja Cement Foundation said, “Education and training are the most important components to create jobs for any economy. It is very important to bridge the skill gap and support the spirit of entrepreneurship not only in urban areas, but also in rural areas, especially after COVID-19 when people are back to work. Through SEDI, we aim to motivate youth and equip them for both, jobs and entrepreneurial opportunities, enabling job creation and economic progress. We wholeheartedly believe in contributing to the Government’s Skill India mission and look forward to many more milestones.”

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