Employability with Empathy and Emotion – The Mahindra Pride Schools.
What started as a single centre (Pune) in March 2007 intended to train and place 600 socially & economically disadvantaged youth on a yearly basis has since spread pan-India – a total of 8 MPSes – 1 each in Telangana (Hyderabad), Karnataka (Bangalore), Bihar (Patna), Maharashtra (Pune), Punjab (Mohali), J&K (Srinagar), and 2 in TN (Chennai). Till date over 16000 youth have been trained and succesfully placed – a 100% record that we’re very proud of.
All 8 schools together produce 6000 alum annually.
The target audience of MPS is the urban & rural youth from the socially and economically backward sections of the society, primarily belonging to Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribe and Other Backward Classes. The students should fall in the age group of 18-25. Minimum education should be VIIIth pass. Per capita family income has to be close to the BPL (Below Poverty Line) norms for the city. MPS is an equal opportunity institute – efforts are made to have a near equal representation in terms of gender.
Specialization Courses Offered
MPS offer specializations courses, imparting high demand skills and domain expertise, in four verticals- ITES (Information Technology Enabled Services), Hospitality Craft, Retail Sales and Auto.
At MPS, we adopt a holistic approach to training, effectively blending domain specific training, in four verticals, with training in common curriculum, such as life skills, English language proficiency, soft skills, computer literacy and personal grooming.
Student Mobilization Strategies
We mobilize students via the following sources-1) A month long Road Shows campaign carried out in rural areas with a predominance of SC/ST population 2) Seminars in colleges, schools, institutes 3) Alumni referrals 4) Walk in rejects referred by corporate clients
The three month training focuses on not only classroom learning but also on practical assignments, exposure visits to industry, simulations, role plays and internship. Domain experts (who have passion, committment and empathy for the students) drawn from industry, are recruited as full-time trainers. Specialist English trainers develop spoken English skills. Students are assigned courses depending on their personality, aptitude, and interest, which are judged through intensive written tests and personal interaction, at the time of admission itself.
Amenities Provided To Students
Students are provided with a bus pass or train pass, uniforms, course material etc, totally free of charge.
Placements: – Placement drives begin two weeks before the completion of each batch. Employers are invited on campus to deliver an orientation session of their company, followed by a campus recruitment drive. Deep and continual dialogue with corporate clients helps keep track of the forthcoming job openings, key deliverables etc. We take pride in maintaining an enviable track record of 100% placements, till date. Our corporate client base has steadily expanded to around 107 companies, till date – The Marriott Group of Hotels, McDonald’s, Cafe Coffee Day, TCS, Wipro, Dell, CapGemini, are among the prestigious employer partners.
Our average salary per student has vaulted from Rs 5000 to Rs 12000 pm, in a span of nine years.
Our Alumni- A Force To Reckon With
Today, Mahindra Pride School alumni, at every location, command high average salaries. Our students thrive in competition; constantly proving their mettle at workplace. They uphold the glory of MPS by bagging numerous awards, recognitions, prizes etc at work. The testimonials of our key recruiters attest to the superior skills and positive attitude of our students. The highest starting salary received by a Mahindra Pride School alumnus, till date, is Rs 25000 pm. Her name is Srilekha and she started working with Cognizant as Trainee- Programme Analyst and has now been promoted to Associate with Rs. 45,000 pm CTC.
It started in 2007 in Pune. Naandi’s first Mahindra Pride School. The idea was to recruit semi-educated youth from the slums, train them and get them corporate jobs. The idea worked.
“The car pick up and drop has mightily impressed my family and neighbours. A five figure salary on graduating from Mahindra Pride School! I’m still in a state of shock.” Durgadas Pawar, 23, works at Mphasis. Earns Rs 25,000 pm