Mumbai: The sharper focus on sustainability and environmental responsibility, both by businesses and the youth has set the stage for green jobs to be the drivers of the global economy. And, as India collectively works towards the ambitious goal of Net Zero by 2070, its imperative to develop skills that can match the requirements of these new job roles and maximise our large youth dividend to achieve to meet our short-term goals. Godrej & Boyce, the flagship company of the Godrej Group, has been focusing on equipping youth to take on future jobs. Whether it is through encouraging employees to innovate for green products, providing in-house training to upskill the current workforce, or investing in developing the skills of the nation’s youth the company is committed to bridging the skill requirements for green jobs. In the last five years, the Company has skilled close to two lakh youth.
Enhancing employability with respect to future skills has also been a part of the company’s CSR strategy. The Digital Skills initiative under their flagship CSR skill development programme – DISHA – aims to equip youth from Tier 2 and 3 cities with future skills. Recognising the progressions in Industry 4.0 as the underlying factor for the creation of green jobs, the digital skills initiative focuses on developing skills in automation, robotics, artificial intelligence, and the Internet of Things.
Sharing her thoughts on the significance of digital skills, Ashwini Deodeshmukh, Head, CSR & Sustainability at Godrej & Boyce, says, “Looking at the growing demand and requirement for digital skills in the recent times, across various industries, we have realised that a lack of exposure to evolving technology and its applications serve as barriers to youth securing employment in their desired fields. Through the Digital Skills Initiative under Project DISHA, we aim to bridge this gap and equip young graduates from Tier 2 and 3 cities in India with the know-how to adapt to emerging technologies. Our goal is to train one lakh young people in the next ten years towards advanced skills.”
The Digital Skills initiative also features on-site training, which will give trainees a hands-on experience allowing them to witness how their skills translate to real-life applications.