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Urban Company signs agreement with NSDC to train and upskill thousands of unskilled workers

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Mumbai: Urban Company further strengthened its existing partnership with the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) by signing an agreement spanning training and digital certification. The company had earlier signed a Memorandum of Understanding with NSDC in 2019 which enabled all Urban Company service professionals to be Skill India certified.

Under the programme, freshers will undergo skills training imparted by Urban Company for the following categories – Salon, Spa & Massage, Electricians, Plumbers, Carpenters, Appliance Repair, and Cleaning & Pest Control. All the partners who will join the platform under the Scheme for Market Led Fee Based Services program by NSDC will also be available on the Skill India portal (SIP). All the partners will be provided co-branded digital certificates upon completion of the training and clearing assessment. Further, the certificates will be QR coded and will be available on both NSDC’s Skill India portal and the Urban Company app.

The partnership agreement was signed by Mr. Ved Mani Tiwari, Chief Operating Officer and Officiating CEO, NSDC and Mr Abhiraj Bhal, CEO & Co-founder Urban Company.

Commenting on the development, Mr. Ved Mani Tiwari, COO and Officiating CEO, NSDC said, “With the core purpose of providing Opportunities to All through the Skills for All vision, NSDC is partnering with Urban Company to train thousands of unskilled workers into blue-collar skilled microentrepreneurs.

Mr Abhiraj Bhal, CEO and Co-founder Urban Company, said, “Skilling, reskilling and upskilling the country’s youth to enable them to become micro-entrepreneurs and earn sustainable livelihood is of paramount importance. And in this, our partnership with NSDC becomes all the more crucial. Our collaboration will help drive innovation and job creation, thereby new opportunities via skilling for unskilled workers.”

Urban Company has always had a structured approach towards partner development and well-being centered around 4 key pillars: improved earnings, safety net, training and wealth creation. To upskill service partners both on technical and soft skills, the company has made significant investments of up to INR 150 crores in its training & skilling program since 2014. The training programs range from 7 days to 45 days, depending on the candidate’s skill level and profession chosen. The company operates over 100 training centers pan India, and has an in-house team of 200+ full time trainers.

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