‘To Educate’ is not just to inform…it is ‘to train for a particular skill set’. Correct as it may be, this definition has lost its truth over time. As education systems got more complex, they got isolated from their main purpose. Education, industry and the student became pictures on different canvases rather than integral parts of the same painting.
A recently released report by Mc Kinsey titled ‘Education to employment: Designing a system that works’ shows 53% of employers in India see lack of skill as the primary reason for entry-level vacancies. Educational qualifications are not equipping individuals with the skill sets required by the industry leaving young people at x% more risk of unemployment that their parents.

This predicament has plagued many countries the world over. One does not require a report to understand the obvious solution – collaboration. The students, educators and industry leaders have to converge their efforts to tap the potential of a young country like India. While the educators provide the theoretical and simulated knowledge on a subject, industries can contribute towards further development of skill sets in individuals, through hands-on training on projects set in real world scenarios.
Making Indians ‘job ready’ is not just the responsibility of the government or the educational institutions. Companies have an equal responsibility in developing individuals to take on
responsibilities in the world.

While suggestions for developing an effective model, that bridges the education to employment gap, can be read here, we at Rustomjee are doing our part in making India ‘job ready’.
The real estate sector has two broad manpower shortages. One being skill shortage the sector also needs more engineers – engineers to work with architects, oversee construction, manage site realities, liaise with municipal corporations. To resolve this, Rustomjee conceptualized Rustomjee Academy for Global Careers(RAGC) in 2008, to bring the youth up to speed with the prevailing requirement.

One of the main objective of this initiative is to train and create world-class knowledge workers with optimized skill thereby providing gainful employment opportunities through industry interface. For the very first time in India, programs that are equivalent to 12th Standard are being offered, giving students a vertical progression in qualification (diploma to degree) & career in their area of specialization. It is affiliated to EDexcel program which is a leading international board in Europe and Maharashtra Broad of Vocational Education.

The institute enlightens, empowers and engages the underprivileged youths, enhances their vocational skills and helps them in getting employment. The institute has centers at Thane, Dahisar and Dahanu and has adopted ITI centres at Khar, Karjat and Gadchiroli. RAGC has helped students specialize so that they get role-ready when they are recruited. The institute has trained more than 10,000 students, placed across five-star hotels like Four Seasons, JW Marriott, Taj Hotels, etc. and automobile companies like Tata Motors, Jaguar Land Rover, Renault, as well as real estate companies.

RAGC has also been awarded A+ Gradation by the Government of Maharashtra and also have won the title of Best Vocational Training Provider by the UK India British Council and FICCI.

Visit to ‘Little Sisters Of The Poor – Home For the Aged’

As a part of our CSR initiative this year, on 14th June, 2013, the team at Rustomjee visited ‘Little Sisters Of The Poor – Home For Aged’ at Andheri (E), Mumbai and helped the old age home stock up necessary food items. They also cheered and supported the members working at the shelter, for their care and continuous effort towards senior citizens.

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Team Rustomjee spends a day with the kids at ‘Handmaids of the Blessed Trinity’ orphanage

The Rustomjee team at Global City initiated yet another Social Activity on 30th July 2011. This time they spent a day with the kids at ‘Handmaids of the Blessed Trinity’ Orphanage in Vasai. The children staying at Handmaids are orphans, street children and a few belong to poor families who cannot nurture and care for their children properly due to a lack of income. The Handmaids of the Blessed Trinity Orphanage takes complete care of the children and looks after their studies.

The team at Global City presented school bags, umbrellas, pens, pencils, erasers, sharpeners, tiffin boxes, water bottles, crayons, geometry boxes and other goodies to the children along with essential commodities like Dettol, bandages, toothpaste, toothbrushes and soaps that they required for their daily routine.

With there being birthdays of few kids on that day, the team was delighted to celebrate the occasion with a cake cutting ceremony. The children with their cheerful faces and bright shining eyes were delighted to spend their day with our team and so were we. They distributed cakes and chocolates to the kids and kept them entertained with games like musical chairs and passing the parcel. To liven up the atmosphere even more, the team held a dance competition for the kids, which they truly enjoyed.

They also donated toys to kids from the age group of one to ten years along with grocery products like besan, rice, sugar, cooking oil, maggie noodles, poha, Jam, biscuits, sauces, moong dal, tur dal, wheat and heath drinks like Boost and Bournvita.

Thanks to all the team members who participated in such a great cause and contributed their bit for the betterment of the kids:

  1. Pradnya Shinde
  2. Harshada Badkar
  3. Ninad Shetye
  4. Vibha Jobalia
  5. Yugandhara Lad
  6. Shradha Bali
  7. Ekta Carpentar

All in all, it was a day spent that was thoroughly enjoyed not only by the kids at the orphanage but also by Rustomjee and it is definitely something that the team will be looking forward to doing again.