Walmart training centre opens in New Delhi

     U.S retail giant Walmart and the Delhi Government have opened a training centre to bridge the shortage of skilled workers for organized retail and cash-and-carry stores. Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit inaugurated the training centre here on Thursday, which seeks to provide free-of-cost retail sector-focused vocational training. The training curriculum has been developed by Centum Learning Systems in consultation with Walmart. "We not only do the direct farming, we also do the private labels. Almost 18 percent of the goods in India are on the private labels, which we buy it from small manufacturers. So this partnership, which is first of its kind with Delhi government, we are very hopeful that this will expand as we have done with other governments," said Rajan Bharti Mittal, Vice Chairman and MD, Bharti Enterprises. "We have gone to Punjab and this initiative will create some kind of a differentiation, and I am hoping not only Bharti Walmart, but other companies emulate this to create more employment opportunities," he added. The company will also attempt to ensure that certified candidates obtain employment on successful completion of the training. 112 students have already enrolled in the training centre, which is expected to train approximately 125 candidates each month. Bharti Walmart Private Limited is a business-to-business (B2B) joint venture between Bharti Enterprises and Walmart for wholesale cash-and-carry and backend supply chain management operations in India to serve small retailers, manufacturers and farmers. The joint venture is expected to open 10 to 15 wholesale cash-and-carry facilities and employ approximately 6,000-7,000 people over the next three years.

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