Akzo Nobel India Inaugurates AkzoNobel Paint Academy in Delhi
‘Akzo Nobel India Limited in collaboration with National Small Industries Corporation (NSIC), a certified Government of India Enterprise under Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises today inaugurated its Paint Academy in the new premises of NSIC (Okhla, Delhi).
Marten van den Berg, Ambassador of the Netherlands to India said “I am delighted to see this partnership between Akzo Nobel India and National Small Industries Corporation which will go a long way to address Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 5,8,10 and 17- gender equality, decent work & economic growth, reduced inequalities and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development. It is very impressive to note how the partnership is promoting skill-building with a safety focus, empowering the disadvantaged, and driving Diversity and Inclusion in the painting community”.
Commenting on the inauguration of AkzoNobel Paint Academy, P. Udayakumar, Director – Planning and Marketing, The National Small Industries Corporation Ltd. said, “I thank Akzo Nobel India and Marten van den Berg, Ambassador of the Netherlands to India for their presence in the event. With Indian families now increasingly staying at home, demand for painting will grow further. NSIC will continue to support Akzo Nobel India’s commitment to transform youth into entrepreneurs. There is tremendous potential in painting skills, and we at NSIC look forward to expanding the reach of this initiative together with AkzoNobel through our Skill centres across cities in India.”
In its five years at Delhi, AkzoNobel Paint Academy has benefitted over 1,500 youth. In its new avatar, the Delhi chapter aims to train 200 youth in the first year itself! Furthering diversity and inclusive culture within the field of painting, nearly 30% of the trainees in AkzoNobel Paint Academy will be women and youth including transgenders, prison inmates and juveniles. To promote learning without barriers, it also offers free hostel facilities for outstation students.
The month-long course in decorative painting empowers new-age painters to gain marketable skills. The training includes modules on modern painting techniques, knowledge of paint surfaces, use of safety tools and PPE (Personal Protective Equipment). The Academy also helps painters develop soft skills to ensure better customer satisfaction. On completion of the training program, Akzo Nobel India facilitates employment opportunities for the successful candidates with paint contractors.
In synergy with Government of India’s flagship ‘Skill India’ programme, Akzo Nobel India launched its flagship skill-development initiative AkzoNobel Paint Academy in 2015. Since then, the five state-of-the-art AkzoNobel Paint Academies in Delhi, Kolkata, Bengaluru and two centers in Navi Mumbai have benefitted more than 9,000 youth.