Vedanta Launches Skill Training Program for Youth at Lanjigarh

25th March 2022

  • Partnership with NABARD and implementation by Vedanta Foundation

Lanjigarh, Kalahandi district; March 25th, 2022: Vedanta Limited, Lanjigarh unit, India’s premier producer of metallurgical grade alumina, has launched a Skill Training Program to create employment opportunities for local youth by enhancing their skillsets in the housekeeping trade. The company has partnered with NABARD for the program, which will be implemented by the Vedanta Foundation. Inaugurated by Mr. Malay Kumar Meher, District Development Manager, NABARD, Kalahandi, in the presence of Mr. Dhruv Prasad Singh, Lead District Manager, Kalahandi and Mr. Bibhudendu Panda, Head – CSR (Vedanta Lanjigarh), the program will run for three months, starting March.

Housekeeping as a trade has been chosen considering the post pandemic boom in demand of semi-skilled workforce in the hospitality and tourism sectors. The first batch of 30 youth hail from across 8 villages in the vicinity of the plant. By the end of this 90 days program, the batch will be upgraded to the category of semi-skilled workforce. Post third party assessment, successful trainees will be given qualification certificates, and provided appropriate placement opportunities. Vedanta aims to train at least 300 youth under this project in FY 2022-23.

Sharing the company’s mission of fostering sustainable livelihoods in the region, Mr. GG Pal, Deputy CEO, Vedanta Lanjigarh, said, “Vedanta Lanjigarh strive to enable youth from our local communities with skills and financial know-how, as part of our endeavours to create thriving livelihoods in the region. Our first project under skill development, the commencing batch of 30 students shall truly champion that vision. Together, we have been able to bring skills of various trades, entrepreneurial expertise, and financial knowhow to the rural margins, enabling the local youth to become skilled and financially empowered.”

Testimony to the occasion, Mr. Malaya Kumar Meher, District development Manager, NABARD, Kalahandi, said, it is indeed a great initiative by Vedanta Limited Lanjigarh in partnership with NABARD. The program will enhance the skill sets of youth as well as the employability. Successful completion of training will provide them better job opportunity in the market matching the industry standard requirement. I am confident, soon they will be able to contribute to the family income as well as overall economic growth of nation.”

Vedanta is running various livelihood and skill development projects at Lanjigarh. Its Sakhi project supports hundreds of rural women in capacity building training, enterprise development and institutional credit. The company has also fostered many farm and non-farm enterprises in poultry, pisciculture, vegetable cultivation, etc.

Vedanta Aluminium Business, a division of Vedanta Limited, is India’s largest manufacturer of aluminium, producing half of India’s aluminium i.e., 1.97 million tonnes in FY21. It is a leader in value-added aluminium products that find critical applications in core industries. The company operates a 2 MTPA (million tonnes per annum) capacity alumina refinery in Lanjigarh (Kalahandi district, Odisha), India since 2007 and an associated 90 MW captive power plant.  With its world-class aluminium smelters, alumina refinery and power plants in India, the company fulfils its mission of spurring emerging applications of aluminium as the ‘Metal of the Future’ for a greener tomorrow.

About Vedanta Limited:

Vedanta Limited, a subsidiary of Vedanta Resources Limited, is one of the world’s leading Oil & Gas and Metals company with significant operations in Oil & Gas, Zinc, Lead, Silver, Copper, Iron Ore, Steel, and Aluminium & Power across India, South Africa and Namibia. For two decades, Vedanta has been contributing significantly to nation building. Governance and sustainable development are at the core of Vedanta's strategy, with a strong focus on health, safety, and environment. Vedanta has put in place a comprehensive framework to be the ESG leader in the natural resources sector. Vedanta is committed to reducing carbon emissions to zero by 2050 or sooner and has pledged $5 billion over the next 10 years to accelerate the transition to net zero operations. Giving back is in the DNA of Vedanta, which is focused on enhancing the lives of local communities. The company’s flagship social impact program, Nand Ghars, have been set up as model anganwadis focused on eradicating child malnutrition, providing education, healthcare, and empowering women with skill development. Under the aegis of the Anil Agarwal Foundation, the umbrella entity for Vedanta’s social initiatives, the Vedanta group has pledged Rs 5000 crore over the next five years on social impact programmes with a thrust on nutrition, women & child development, healthcare, animal welfare, and grass-root level sports. Vedanta and the group companies have been featured in Dow Jones Sustainability Index, and was conferred Frost & Sullivan Sustainability Awards 2020, Golden Peacock Award for excellence in Corporate Governance 2022 and certified as a Great Place to Work 2022. Vedanta Limited is listed on the Bombay Stock Exchange and the National Stock Exchange.

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About Vedanta Aluminium Business:

Vedanta Aluminium, a business of Vedanta Limited, is India’s largest producer of aluminium, manufacturing more than half of India’s aluminium i.e., 2.29 million tonnes in FY23. It is a leader in value-added aluminium products that find critical applications in core industries. Vedanta Aluminium ranks 2nd in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) 2022 world rankings for aluminium industry, a reflection of its sustainable development practices. With its world-class aluminium smelters, alumina refinery and power plants in India, the company fulfils its mission of spurring emerging applications of aluminium as the ‘Metal of the Future’ for a greener tomorrow.

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