|MphasiS - an EDS Company, today completed
the first phase of its “Project Communicate”.
The first batch of 19 people with disabilities, today successfully
completed the two-month training course that has made them employable
in the IT/ITes industry. 14 of them have already been offered
employment in MphasiS in their ITes operation.
Project Communicate, a training program for people with disability,
was launched in October 2007, with an initial aim to train over
40 persons by June 2008. The program is jointly driven by Mphasis
-an EDS company, Diversity & Equal Opportunity Centre (DEOC) and
The Association of People with Disability (APD).
Project Communicate, aims to train, skill & develop candidates
to be “industry ready”. Designed by MphasiS and Diversity & Equal
Opportunity Centre (DEOC), the curriculum provides participants
with both technical and soft skills required for a successful
career in ITES. This includes Effective Communication,
Analytical Skills, Technical Skills and Personality Development.
Speaking about the initiatives, Elango R, Head
of Human Resources, said “Creating an inclusive workplace
is key to our corporate mission. Employment of people with disabilities
was not incidental - it is a key business driver and a conscious
decision driven by the senior leadership. We have more than 120
people with disability working with us. These employees have distinguished
themselves with their commitment to the organisation, and value
they bring to our customers. With Project Communicate, we hope
to invest in training & developing more such individuals and aim
to add them to our diverse workforce.”
Highlighting the rationale behind initiating the Project,
Rama Chari, Director, DEOC said, “ One of the reasons for
low employment rate of people with disabilities is the lack of
accessible educational and training facilities in the country.
Even those who have completed their senior secondary or graduation
have mostly done so either in local medium schools or through
correspondence. As a result, they are unable to clear the test
and interview rounds. Therefore, we felt the need to focus on
increasing employability through an intensive and structured pre
employment training, which would enable them to compete on equal
footing with other candidates. Post the two months training, employers
who interviewed our trainees for jobs felt they were often more
confident and prepared than the others.”