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BASIX ACADEMY FOR BUILDING LIFELONG EMPLOYABILITY LIMITED: PROVIDING AN EDGE TO SKILLED WORKFORCE AND ENTREPRENEURS WITH ITS UNPARALLELED VOCATIONAL TRAINING

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BASIX ACADEMY FOR BUILDING LIFELONG EMPLOYABILITY LIMITED: PROVIDING AN EDGE TO SKILLED WORKFORCE AND ENTREPRENEURS WITH ITS UNPARALLELED VOCATIONAL TRAINING

In the early years of the 21st century, a large part of India’s working-age population was unable to productively engage with sectors identified to drive the nation’s future growth. The reason? Lack of market-relevant skills.

With a focus on market-driven, learner-centric, and aspiration-based vocational training, BASIX Academy For Building Lifelong Employability Limited (B-ABLE) came up as an initiative set up by the BASIX group in 2009.

Aimed to promote sustainable livelihoods for all, B- ABLE is a pioneer brand offering key skill development and vocational training solutions in India. B-ABLE, the first training partner of the National Skills Development Corporation (NSDC), has established a unique place in the industry.

A team of 1,500+ dedicated professionals is aligned with the vision of ‘Skilling People, Enhancing Livelihoods, Transforming Lives’. 

PEOPLE BEHIND B-ABLE

  • Mr. Sushil Ramola, Founder and Chairman, B-ABLE

He is a chemical engineer & IIM Ahmedabad alumnus. He has 33 years’ of experience in planning, setting up, leading innovation & performance driven organizations in India, USA & Middle East in both manufacturing & service sectors. He is former President  & CEO of SRF Limited, a Deming Prize winning company. A social entrepreneur, Mr. Sushil Ramola is engaged with many well-known civil society organizations as a mentor and serves as a member on several boards. He is a founder, co-promoter and current Chairman of B-ABLE.

  • Mr. D Sattaiah, CEO and MD, B-ABLE

Mr. D Sattaiah has spent 23 years contributing to sectors of micro finance, micro insurance, agriculture and business development services, micro-enterprise development, and skill-building. He has developed organizational development tools for each of the sectors he has worked in.

  • Mr. Vishal Singh Amarawat, Chief Operating Officer, B-ABLE

Mr. Vishal Singh Amarawat has 20 years of experience in the areas of entrepreneurship, business operations, business development, and client relationship. 13 years ago, he started working for the BASIX group and contributed to BASIX Microfinance, Micro Insuranceetc. From the past 9 years, he is working with B-ABLE and handling end to end gamut of business operations and business development. He is currently the COO of B-ABLE.

THE “MOST TRUSTED SKILL DEVELOPMENT AND CAPACITY BUILDING ORGANIZATION” 

Capacity building of workers in market aligned job roles and helping them towards an aspirational and dignified livelihood make B-ABLE the most trusted Skill Development organization. B-ABLE has been successfully helping corporates in expanding their sales and distribution channels by creating shared value models.

B-ABLE has partnered with the Government on various schemes like DDUGKY, MOMA, PMKKY. It is also associated with 19 Sector Skill Councils and has worked with corporates like Akzonobel, Dr. Lal PathLab, Essilor, and Tata Motors on various CSR projects.

DEMAND FOR CORPORATE TRAINERS IN INDIA 

“There is an implicit demand for many corporate training entities in India, given the huge gap between the demand and supply of skilled manpower in the country. However, I believe, the demand is not explicit as most of the skill budgets are borne by the Government of India and offer free courses through various schemes.” shared Mr. D Sattaiah on the current scenario of demand in the corporate trainers in India

B-ABLE trains workers to be engaged and accountable in their job roles. It is crafting solutions based on market demand. B-ABLE envisions that with an increase in innovation in this sector, the demand for corporate training will increase.

 STAKEHOLDER ENGAGEMENT

B-ABLE has been deploying efforts to stay connected with civil society and the corporate sector through seminars and conferences. It has been working to update their stakeholders through social media and have a strong ground presence which helps them in reaching their target audience.

TECHNOLOGY DRIVEN TRANSFORMATION

The industry, after a decade of effort by the Indian government and NSDC, is at a critical juncture where skill building is mostly dependent on Government support while the industry is finding it difficult to attract private capital. In such a scenario, the B-ABLE’s team of experts has been using technology as a pillar to innovate and upgrade its methodologies and practices. 

It is building a new generation of the enabled workforce for corporates through innovation and technological intervention. With regard to the entrepreneurial opportunities in the industry, B-ABLE hopes to see the emergence of user-pay sustainable models. 

HICCUPS ON THE WAY

“We are in the space of building innovative models for employee enablement, and if we want to build innovative models then there is no competition,” states Vishal.

He further adds, “For us, major hurdles arise because we areentering an unknown territory”. 

THE PERFECT BUSINESS MODEL 

B-ABLE has been working on its underpinning vision to foster skill development in India. It is presently focused on a 360-degree development model of creating  high impact on the ground while keeping the vision of corporates/Government in focus.

EDGE OVER PEERS & CORE VALUES

“The social factor must take precedence over the economic factor; it must regulate and guide it in the highest cause of justice.” Albert Thomas, 1931. 

Success for B-ABLE includes a sustainable and visible impact on ground. B-ABLE has been amplifying its solutions keeping in sync with the core values that include learner centricity, excellence, ownership, integrity, and collaboration

JEWELS ON THE CROWN 

SKOCH Order of Merit Award 2019 for the outreach of Dr. Lal PathLabs Collection Centre to the rural community through the phlebotomist development program in Uttar Pradesh.

SKOCH Order of merit award 2018 for market-led programs 

Second position in the category of ‘Best Training Partner” for the year 2015-2016 by Rubber Skill Development Council.

Bidhan Dev, trainer with B-ABLE awarded first prize in the category of “top 3 trainers” for the year 2015-2016 by Rubber Skill Development Council.

‘Best Skill provider’ – Bottom of the Pyramid UK India Skills Forum 2011.

‘Certificate of Merit’ – Best Skills provider, the bottom of the pyramid UK India Skills forum Award 2011.

Honor roll as ‘emerging warrior’ FICCI skills champion of India awards 2012

CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITIES

B-ABLE has partnered with several CSR partners who share their vision of inclusive development. It is currently working with Essilor in its flagship project called ‘Eye Mitra’ which creates rural micro franchises by mobilizing local youth and training to become vision care providers. 

B-ABLE JOURNEY AND FUTURE

B-ABLE in the current journey has been successfully running training programs across India, this new generation skill tech company has trained more than 2.4 lakh people till date and continues to offer solutions in the future.

“In the next five years, we would like to become the new generation skill tech organization that promotes employee enablement. Our strong belief in learner-centric value and innovation will help us reach there,” Vishal proudly shares.

GUIDING FORCE

· Lt. Col. Ajay Kumar- Vice President-Corporate Programs

· Vishnu Sarda- Project Head – Government programs

· Usaman Khan- Head HR – People Development

· Ashutosh Saxena- Project Head – Eye Mitra

· Anees Qureshi- Senior Manager – Corporate Programs

· Vedprakash Sharma- Project Head – School Programs

· Naveen Kumar- Project Head – PMKKY

· Ritika Saxena- Head – HR Operations and Communications

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