HSBC India Launches Skills for Life Programme
- Employment linked skills development of disadvantaged young people – HSBC will work with non-profit organisations on enterprise and employment linked training wherein young people will be taught skills that can help them earn a sustainable livelihood. The programme will map demand with industry requirements and link skill building with relevant jobs. It will also develop an entrepreneurial ecosystem through collaborations with organisations working in this space
- Upskilling of educators and teachers – The programme will focus on enhancing the skills of educators and teachers and will support different scalable models that include Train the Trainers (TOT) approach, digitisation of content, curriculum translation into different languages etc. to scale learning and multiply impact
- Women’s empowerment through livelihood enhancement – The key focus on this vertical will be to enhance the capacities and improving the livelihood potential of rural and urban disadvantaged women through financial literacy and building entrepreneurial capabilities
HSBC also announced an INR 50 Crore partnership with the Swades Foundation to roll out the first vertical of the HSBC Skills for Life programme. This partnership will provide employment linked skills training to 30,000 disadvantaged young people over the next five years.
The key pillars of the partnership with Swades Foundation are:
- Strong emphasis on screening, partner selection and evaluation: Partnerships are being forged with reputed academic institutions to create a transparent and effective screening and evaluation process that takes into account regional differences. Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) will be the Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) partner for this Programme
- Senior Advisory Group for project review and selection: An Advisory Group has been set up to review and select short-listed skill development projects. It will also provide key industry and sector insight and inputs to the programme. This will further the cause of employment and entrepreneurship for disadvantaged young people. The Advisory Group comprises of eminent industry and sector leaders. They are Anu Aga, Former Executive Chairperson, Thermax Group; Manish Sabharwal, Co-Founder & Chairman, TeamLease Services; Rati Forbes, Director, Forbes Marshall Ltd.; Richard Rekhy, CEO, KPMG India; Ronnie Screwvala, Founder Trustee, Swades Foundation; Sanjiv Mehta, CEO & MD, Hindustan Unilever Limited; K Satish Reddy, Chairman, Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories; Stuart P Milne, Group General Manager & CEO, HSBC India; S Ramadorai, Chairman, National Skills Development Agency & Chairman, National Skills Development Corporation (NSDC); Sunil Sood, MD & CEO, Vodafone India Ltd
- Focus on priority sectors: The programme will support skill development in eight priority high growth sectors: Retail; BFSI (banking, financial services and insurance); Beauty and Wellness; Tourism, Travel and Hospitality; Healthcare; Transportation & Logistics; IT & ITES; and Electronic and IT Hardware
The second and third verticals will be initiated from 2016 onwards in partnership with other NGOs.
Stuart P Milne, Group General Manager and Chief Executive Officer, HSBC India, said: “I am delighted to launch this Programme today. Skills development is strategic need for India which fits very well with HSBC’s global focus on education for young people from disadvantaged communities. Our measure of success will be quality outcomes, in particular the number of young people we train who find long term employment, helping them to achieve their hopes and dreams. This flagship Programmed is made possible by the support of our customers across India and I, on behalf of those who will benefit from HSBC Skills for Life, thank you for your support.”
Ronnie Screwvala, Founder Trustee, and Swades Foundation, said: “We are delighted to partner with the HSBC Skills for Life programme to further economic opportunity for disadvantaged young people. It is a reinforcement of our commitment of enabling the young people of India to build a better and brighter future for themselves, and a step forward towards creating One India – an India that is not marred by the rural and urban divide.”
HSBC and Sustainability
HSBC’s corporate sustainability strategy includes the development of sustainable business opportunities, management of its own environmental footprint, and its community investments. The bank has a long term commitment to the communities in which it operates. Our financial inclusion initiatives support education of children from underprivileged communities, life skills training for disadvantaged young people and financial literacy and entrepreneurship capacity building for rural women in marginalised communities. HSBC’s environmental initiatives support water harvesting, habitat and biodiversity conservation, sustainable livelihoods, water and climate change awareness.
At HSBC, employee volunteering is a core component of our commitment to supporting the communities and also provides our employees with the opportunity to experience and learn about the issues that matter in their community and to apply this new knowledge and experience at work.
For more information on HSBC’s sustainability initiatives in India, please visit www.hsbc.co.in.
About HSBC India
The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited in India offers a full range of banking and financial services through 50 branches and 140 ATMs across 29 cities.
HSBC is one of India’s leading financial services groups, with over 32,000 employees in its banking, investment banking and capital markets, asset management, insurance, software development and global resourcing operations in the country. It is a leading custodian in India. Nearly 6% of India’s trade passes through HSBC. The Bank is at the forefront in arranging deals for Indian companies investing overseas and foreign investments into the country.