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Ayana Renewable Power Launches Skill Development Centre in Karnataka

The vocational training program will be conducted in Gadag District where Ayana’s 300 MW wind power project is located and currently under construction.

July 20, 2023. By Anurima Mondal

Ayana Renewable Power has inaugurated a state-of-the-art skill development centre to provide vocational training for the youth in the northern Karnataka region of Gadag District. The vocational training program will be conducted near Ayana’s 300 MW wind power project is located and currently under construction. Specifically, it will provide courses on Customer Relationship Management (CRM) and Data Entry Operations targeting young people who reside in and around the project area. 
Ayana and corporate training partner Fuel (Friends Union for Energising Lives) will operate the centre in Gadag, with plans to skill over 200 young people on Level 4 of the National Skill Qualification Framework (NSQF) in its first phase. The program, to be delivered in-person for the best learning experience, would span over six months and further assist graduates in job matching. 
Commenting on this Shivanand Nimbargi, MD & CEO of Ayana mentioned, “Community Development is a core activity that Ayana undertakes at all its project sites, and we are delighted to bring this to our project site in Gadag. I am confident that the skill development centre will provide the much-needed platform for the local youth to upgrade their knowledge and skills for a better and brighter future.”
Alex Ellis, British High Commissioner to India, said“We are delighted to see that Ayana is expanding its community development program with support from British International Investment. These programs will help to reduce poverty, produce clean and affordable energy and promote gender equality.”
Ayana has been working consistently with leading implementation partners for its project sites to initiate community development programs, with two centres running successfully to have so far upskilled a local workforce of more than 500 plus youth to take on job opportunities.
The first program in Andhra Pradesh saw 84 women graduates out of 184 program participants obtaining new skills. Among all trained participants, many were subsequently employed and enjoyed a 30-50 percent increase in incomes. 
The second program, near its 300 MW solar plant in Bikaner trained 180 youth during the COVID lockdown and afterwards, about 120 were able to secure employment. 
Previously, Ayana also joined BII in supporting the UK government-funded ‘Skills for a solarised future’ which was a first-of-its-kind pilot project at Anantapur district in Andhra Pradesh. Launched in 2019, it was created to promote livelihood generation for the local unemployed youth, with a focus on women, through skill development and market linkage efforts in green jobs at the upcoming NTPC Solar Park. 
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