December 2017

Discovering new skills and strengths through TAAP

Worzipla and Gaikhamlung gain life skills and secure livelihoods with Tata Trusts initiative

The first batch of boy students enrolled for TAAP 2016, undergoing training in Ballygunge, Kolkata

The Centre for Microfinance & Livelihood, an associate organisation of Tata Trusts, has partnered Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) in their training initiative called, ‘Tata Affirmative Action Programme (TAAP)’. The initiative focuses on a training-cum-employability programme. It imparts information technology enabled services skills, along with life skills, to graduate unemployed youth from underprivileged sections of society in the North Eastern states of Manipur, Nagaland and Meghalaya. Industry-relevant skills were imparted to 247 youths from August 2015 to July 2017, with more than 205 of them finding placement. The project is ongoing, and by June 2018 it would reach out to 325 graduate youths.

Worzipla Horam

Worzipla is ecstatic. She is the first member in her family to get a job. Worzipla belongs to the Tangkhul Naga ethnic community of Manipur. She lives in Phungcham village in Ukhrul district with her large family which includes 10 siblings. Their primary occupation is agriculture. Worzipla graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in English from Don Bosco College in Maram, which is affiliated to the Manipur University. Her life came to a standstill after graduation. She had no idea about what to do next; and she did not want to become an agriculturist like her siblings. It was then that she was introduced to TAAP through her friend Ms Chizin, who was a part of TAAP.

She underwent TAAP training and acquired skills in information technology enabled services. The experience she has gained in the 3 months of TAAP training has helped her secure a job. She was selected as a Trainee Business Process Services representative. She is now able to support her family financially and sends home Rs. 10,000 to Rs. 12,000 every month. Worzipla said that she would definitely recommend the training programme to anyone wishing to start a career with TCS or any other corporate entity, as it added invaluable personal and professional skills.

She says, “During my training period, I have learned the values of teamwork and commitment, how to win, how to work hard, how to concentrate and focus on goals, and how to balance time and priorities, and many other skills necessary for a successful career.”

Gaikhamlung is a resident of Mhainamtsi, a village in a remote area called Jalukie in Peren district of Nagaland. He comes from a very humble background and has eight siblings. After completing his graduation in 2016, he started looking out for a job to support his family but failed to land one even after several attempts. Then, through his community church, he came to know about the TAAP.

Gaikhamlung was a trainee in the second batch of TAAP under Phase II. Right from day one, he was hooked to the programme, which was an eye opener for him. He has been discovering new strengths and skills in himself each day. He realised that many important skills essential for the personal development of an individual are not taught in educational institutions as part of general academics.

After clearing the interview, he accepted the offer to join TCS and since then is thoroughly enjoying his work. Now, he is in a position to support his family financially and is able to explore his skills and abilities and develop his personality.