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
Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit inaugurated the training centre here on
Thursday, which seeks to provide free-of-cost retail sector-focused vocational
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
"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