Founded to help students cope with the intricacies of finding a job, providing multi-disciplinary courses in the areas of finance, information technology, retail, and sales and marketing from 2006, Indian Institute of Job Training (IIJT) today is planning to set up a vocational university — the first of its kind — in Gujarat. Ashok Reddy, managing director of TeamLease Services and, MD, IIJT, says, “When we started as TeamLease (IIJT entered into a strategic partnership with the staffing services firm in 2010), we wanted to focus on the employment challenges that existed in the country. There’s a mismatch in terms of where the supply was coming from, and where it was available, where the demand was, and what they were asking for. Bringing the two together was a challenge. And that is the space we initially decided to play to, to build the model for TeamLease.”
Over the years, as TeamLease increased the focus on staffing, came the realisation that less than 5 per cent of those seeking jobs were hired. Within the framework of a large talent pool, employability skills required by industries for jobs were underdeveloped. “We were not able to place them in a job,” Reddy says. “At the end of the day, the final choice of selection lies with the company. We know what the market is looking for, we have a talent pool, and we know why they get rejected.”
IIJT offers a solution to counter this. Training individuals in order to make them more employable is IIJT’s goal. “What we want them (the students) to understand is that if they pass the course, the probability of them getting a job increases substantially. Today, around 80-85 per cent of our graduates are linked to the job market.” IIJT’s list of clients range from Johnson&Johnson and Manappuram Group to Reliance Digital, Vodafone and Tanishq.
The recent agreement with the Gujarat government has also helped TeamLease expand its horizons to set up a vocational education university. The TeamLease University (TLU) seeks to s