Pernod Ricard India to Fund Training of Transgenders in Mumbai

By SN Staff

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National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC), under the aegis of the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE), has signed an MoU with Pernod Ricard India, multinational alcohol beverage company to provide skill training to 240 transpersons on market-driven courses in Mumbai. The aim is to make transgenders employable.

According to the Census 2011 report, only 65% of transgenders were able to find work for more than six months in a year, compared to 75% of the general population. This disparity highlights that limited livelihood options are adversely affecting their socioeconomic well-being, restricting employment opportunities, and increasing their vulnerability to HIV. 

The project will provide an inclusive learning environment that is conducive to the training and certification of the candidates and enhance their standard of living. It will be a placement-linked skill training programme where candidates will get skill training across job roles, such as retail sales and front office. 

NSDC is a unique Public Private Partnership (PPP) that aims to catalyse the creation of a large and quality vocational training ecosystem in India. Since inception in 2010, NSDC has trained over three crore people through its collaboration with training partners pan India. NSDC has established 37 Sector Skill Councils (SSCs) and implements the Government’s flagship skill development schemes such as Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY), National Apprenticeship Promotion Scheme (NAPS), among others.

NSDC also funds enterprises, companies and organisations that provide skill training. The organisation enables private-sector capacity building in skill development by offering concessional loans, other innovative financial products, and strategic partnerships.

Pernod Ricard India Private Limited (PRI) has been operating in India for more than 25 years. It runs its operations through two distilleries in Nashik (Maharashtra) and Behror (Rajasthan) apart from 29 bottling sites across the country.

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