Chandigarh: Bharti Wal-Mart today entered into an agreement with the Punjab government for setting up a special skills training centre in Amritsar to serve the needs of the cash and carry and organised retail business.
“Under this partnership, the Punjab government will provide infrastructure while Bharti Wal-Mart will manage and run the training centre,” Bharti Wal-Mart Pvt Ltd Managing Director and CEO Raj Jain told reporters here today.
Bharti Wal-Mart is a joint venture between Bharti Enterprises and US retail giant Wal-Mart. The joint venture, which is for wholesale cash-and-carry and back-end supply chain management operations in India, is scheduled to open its first store in Punjab in the first quarter of the next fiscal.
The ‘Bharti Wal-Mart Training Centre´ would initially offer short-term vocational certification courses that would equip candidates to become floor and sales assistants or supervisors through a special curriculum developed by Wal-Mart and Bharti Learning Systems.
The centre is expected to train about 125 candidates a month. Certification for floor assistants and sales assistant will be two-week half day programmes with an additional week long programme for supervisors, he said.
The company will also explore the possibility of using classrooms at other ITT and polytechnics across Punjab to increase coverage.
“At a later stage when our skill centre capacity is fully utilised, we will explore this possibility,” he said.