Jun 30, 2020
In an exclusive interaction with BW Education, Sanjay Gupta, Corporate Vice President, HCL Technologies & Program Director – HCL New Vistas, talked about the firm, Tech bee 2020 program, and more.
Throw some light on the career opportunities for young students in a post COVID world.
Right Skills, Right Experience can help people navigate all kinds of uncertainties. In a post COVID world, a student armed with a degree having relevant IT experience with future-ready skills will be prepared for any eventuality in his/her career.
HCL TechBee – Early Career Program, is a work-integrated higher education program. Under this 12-month training program, a student is trained technically and professionally for entry-level IT jobs at HCL. While on their job, they get the opportunity to pursue higher education from BITS Pilani/SASTRA.
Elaborate on the tie-up with the top universities – BITS Pilani and SATRA University – How has it helped?
With our prestigious tie-ups with top universities like BITS Pilani and SATRA University, the students while working at HCL, may also enroll in a Graduation Degree program offered by these universities without having to leave their jobs. This helps them get gain relevant IT experience while also pursuing higher education degrees.
How has this program enabled students to achieve financial independence?
TechBee program enables students and makes them self-reliant, by proving a stipend (out of pocket expenses) of Rs 10,000 per month during the entire period of training. Post that students get employed as full-time HCL employees. This makes them financially independent right after they complete their schools. Students who do well during the training also get fee waivers.
What is the number of students who have successfully completed TechBee program and are now working with HCL?
So far, over 2000 students have successfully completed the TechBee program and are now working with HCL.
What is the need for skilling and re-skilling in this difficult time and how HCL is in sync with Govt of India’s Skill India mission?
The COVID-19 pandemic has hit several industries and has almost left us parched. To give our youth a post-COVID future, it is important to utilize this period to develop new skills that will help our youth to take forward their careers. TechBee program is a higher education program which is in sync with government’s “Skill India” mission as it offers on-the-job training to equip students with future-ready skills while also giving them opportunities to pursue higher education from reputed universities.
How many students are going to be offered a job at HCL this year?
All deserving candidates who clear the selection procedure shall join TechBee program and post successful completion of training they will be placed for entry-level jobs in HCL Technologies. In this Financial Year, we propose to hire over 3000 students PAN India, subject to them meeting eligibility criteria and clearing the selection process.
Financial assistance for the course fee – given the current economic situation, if HCL is offering anything that could be a breather for the students/parents?
The TechBee program is designed with the aim to hire the best talent and enable them to achieve financial independence. This is reiterated by the fact that during the entire period of training, enrolled students are paid an attractive stipend so that they are self-reliant, start earning early and can take charge of their lives. What’s more financial assistance in the form of bank loan is available where it is designed in such a way that there is no burden on students or their parents.