Possessing a degree is one thing, being employable, another. Among the agencies engaged in rendering India's vast young population fit to take up the jobs being generated (also see India's Skilling Fields , BT April 3, 2011) is Global Talent Track, or GTT, run by Uma Ganesh and Ganesh Natarajan.
|Global Talent Track|
Founded in: 2009
Founders: Uma Ganesh, Ganesh Natarajan
What makes it cool: Addresses the urgent problem of making the country's youth employable. Enormous scope for scaling up
Sahad's take: The company is in an excellent market where thousands of Indian graduates are not employee ready. There is a growing market for preparing them for taking up employment.
The idea occurred to the husband-wife duo while holidaying in Kovalam, Kerala, in March 2008. With funding from the US-based investors Intel Capital and Helion investors, GTT was founded in January 2009 with a focus on the information technology sector.
"GTT seeks to develop employability skills for IT-related companies among youth in tier-2 and tier-3 cities," says Ganesh. GTT approaches potential employers in the IT industry to find existing vacancies and their requirements.
"Then the hunt for employees begins," says Ganesh. GTT has tied up with over 800 colleges across the country from which it draws candidates and trains them. Modular courses ranging from 80 to 640 hours are suggested to the graduates depending on their capabilities, which are judged by an online test.
GTT currently has 20 centres across 15 states, including Jammu and Kashmir.