Periwinkle Group, the retail giant comprising brands such as Planet Retail, Bagzone, Samsonite and American Tourister, has partnered with the Rustomjee Academy for Global Careers (RAGC). In a first-of-its kind initiative for the retail sector, the group together with RAGC will train underprivileged students and offer guaranteed job placements within the Periwinkle Group. Periwinkle Group has committed to absorb 300 students in a span of two years across its various retail formats.
The collaboration brings together industry and education stalwarts for the social cause of equipping less privileged youth with skill sets that turn them into efficient professionals in the applied sector.
The course begins from February 15th 2012 at the Don Bosco Technical Institute in Kurla, Mumbai, Maharashtra. Over three months students, with a minimum qualification of the eighth grade, will be professionally trained in both theory and practical aspects of retail. As part of their internship, they will get on-the-job-training through a self-funding program at the select stores. Students will also receive a stipend of Rs. 3000/- per month during the internship with the additional opportunity to win scholarship and sponsorship. On completion of the course, the students will be offered job opportunities as fashion consultants or sales executives within the group that owns and manages Planet Retail (GUESS, Next, Debenhams, Accessorize & Nautica), Bagzone, Samsonite, American Tourister and Lavie.
Commenting on the partnership, Mr. Vikas Purohit, COO, Planet Retail said, “We, as a group, believe in empowering the youth as they are the future of the country. We are delighted to partner with RAGC and give underprivileged students a platform to strengthen their careers. We hope to reach out to the students across the country and give them an equal opportunity to accomplish their dreams.”
Mr. Kavi Luthra, Vice-President RAGC added on to say, “ It is a unique initiative to create skilled manpower for emerging sectors and provide them with employment opportunities. Therefore, we are pleased to work with the Periwinkle Group towards our vision of making India a powerhouse for skilled work-force which will be in great demand in the years to come. We are working on a slew of programmes in various sectors to impart technical/vocational training to underprivileged youth and make them self-reliant”.
The programmes designed by RAGC will be conducted over regular lectures, hands on training, and project work in collaboration with Don Bosco's Technical Institute. The institute will also organise field trips as part of the curriculum. A unique feature of this will be an internship with stipend enabling a candidate to earn his fees back while he/she learns.