Pune: With an aim to boost skill development and entrepreneurship, the Mahratta Chambers of Commerce Industries and Agriculture (MCCIA) will be launching three new verticals including an apprenticeship facilitation centre, facility for psychometric testing of entrepreneurship potential and professional certificate courses on international trade for students in association with different colleges.
Speaking about the new initiatives, Pramod Chaudhari, President, MCCIA, said, “MCCIA will promote apprenticeship more rigorously and will start the Apprenticeship Facilitation Centre at MCCIA, Bhosari, in association with Aspire Knowledge and Skills India Private Limited. The Apprenticeship Training comprises of basic training and on-the-job training. The basic training will be imparted at MCCIA and for the on-the-job training, manufacturing companies from amongst the MCCIA membership and others will be identified.”
Speaking on job prospects after apprenticeship, Anant Sardeshmukh, Director General, MCCIA, said that MCCIA will help youths in trade identification based on industry needs and also identify subject matter experts for training.
“Post-training, MCCIA would facilitate employment of the suitable candidates,” added Deshmukh.
Similarly, MCCIA and Jnana Prabodhini Samshodhan Sanstha (JPSS) will be jointly conducting a psychometric test to assess the entrepreneurship aptitude and potential of budding entrepreneurs.
The test will be called ‘The Beam Test’ and will be promoted, communicated and arranged by MCCIA through its suitable means and channels. The test will be administered by the trained faculty from Jnana Prabodhini following the standard procedures of a psychological test administration. Each group will be monitored by two psychologists. After the test, a report will be given to the individual while a personal sessionexplaining the report will be held. The objective is to help aspiring entrepreneurs to recognise their entrepreneurial traits and aptitude and help them to take the necessary steps to harness their entrepreneurial skills.
MCCIA has also launched a professional certificate course in international trade for college students. This course contains 30 hours of classroom training imparted by professionals and an onsite visit to a dry port or an export-oriented unit.
Anant Sardeshmukh said, ”The course gives opportunities to students to join as interns based on the certification. The first certificate course has been launched at MES Garware College for its BBA students. The first batch was conducted during the month of February 2018 comprising of 40 students. MCCIA will continue conducting this course at MES - Garware College and also plans on conducting other professional courses at other colleges.”