Bharti Walmart, a joint venture between Bharti Enterprises and Walmart, launched Bharti Walmart Training Centre at Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, in a Public Private Partnership (PPP) with the Government of Andhra Pradesh. The centre will provide free-of-cost training to underprivileged youth and equip them with requisite skills sets, to bridge existing gap, for cash-and-carry and organized retail formats.
The centre was inaugurated by Prof K C Reddy, Chairman, REEMAP, Hyderabad; in the presence of Arti Singh, Senior Vice President – Corporate Affairs, Bharti Walmart. Also present on the occasion were J C Sharma IAS, Principal Secretary, Labor Welfare, Employment & Training; Shashi Bhushan Kumar IAS, Director, Employment and Training; Erik Lewis, Senior Director, Human Resources, Walmart Asia, and Sean Cook, Vice President, Training and Development, Walmart India.
Speaking at the launch, Arti Singh, Senior Vice President – Corporate Affairs Bharti Walmart said, “The retail sector in India is growing at an exponential rate and therefore provides tremendous growth opportunities. The central Government’s decision to allow FDI in multi brand retail will provide further impetus to the retail sector. However, the industry lacks the talent pool with required skill sets to leverage this huge potential. Through the Bharti Walmart Training Centres we aim to bridge this gap by imparting retail training to the youth of Andhra Pradesh and help them create sustainable careers in the retail sector. It is our firm belief that the Bharti Walmart Training Centres set up in partnership with the progressive Government of Andhra Pradesh will greatly benefit the youth of Andhra Pradesh.”
Shashi Bhushan Kumar, Director, Employment and Training, Govt. of AP added: “Bharti Walmart is involved in the training process from curriculum development, training and certification to placement assistance. The chances of acceptance for employment are quite bright and comfort levels of the trained candidates are high from day one.”
The training curriculum is based on Walmart’s global best practices and will be implemented through Centum Learning, who will run the Centre. This will help students take advantage of Walmart’s global knowledge and expertise in retail business. Successful candidates will be certified by Bharti Walmart, which will help certified students find employment. The Centre offers short-term vocational certification courses that equip them to become Floor and Sales Assistants or Supervisors. Over 15,000 students have been certified and over 5400 have been placed in several companies.
Currently five BWTC in PPP are present in: Amritsar (Punjab Govt.), Delhi (Delhi Govt.), Bangalore (Karnataka Govt.), Jalna and Aurangabad(Maharashtra Govt.), 3 training centres are running at Best Price Modern Wholesale stores in Zirakpur, Jalandhar and Ludhiana and 4 training centres have been set up in partnership with Hope Foundation in Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore and Hyderabad.