FOR ATUL THAKUR (29) a professional driver for more than five years, a registered free course in driving from a voluntary institute, Rise India, was more important than getting a driving job. Understanding the need of being presentable when on duty changed his perception towards his vocation, he claimed.
“I worked as a driver for almost four years in Mumbai before taking a course in Rise India, Pune. The fifteen days of learning driving there made me better in what I was doing. By learning theories, driving jargon, unknown to me before and understanding the importance of grooming oneself helped me take my job seriously,” said Atul. He stays in Wadala and received a private driver’s job with a client in Mumbai after his training.
Since April 2015, almost 5000 drivers have been taught theories, jargons and made to learn “skills” essential to be a seamless driver. Claiming to be contributing towards nation’s skill development programme, the organization believes it wants to improve quality of skilled manpower by offering driving training solutions.
“Official records state that India needs more than 15 lakh drivers every year. While availing a licence faces a few hardships in the country, getting proper skilled drivers with exact knowledge of a job is missing. We match this need with human resource waiting to get a decent job,” said Ajay Chhangani, CEO, Rise India.
Spread across multiple locations including Pune and Nagpur among others, Rise India, a self-funded company, involves individuals from lower economic backgrounds to learn essential skills of driving.
While each course is divided into batches depending upon learner’s stage, theoretical lessons on driving are followed by dedicated practical sessions. Post training, each learner is helped with a job placement at a company or among tourist cabs according to needs and requirements.
“A relative told us about this course in Pune, post which I decided to attend it. For fifteen days, we were taught how to drive and groom yourself when on work. While there I learnt the importance of parking your car in the proper lane and following signal and avoiding lane-cutting. We were also told that certificate obtained after receiving learning from Rise India aids in availing government driving jobs, which I want to pursue in future,” Atul added.
“India stands number 2 among road accidents in comparison to other countries of the world. We believe, diving skills are about hazard perception more than just controlling vehicles. By providing a comprehensive course in driving for free, we want to bring better drivers to the fore,” Ajay added.
The company offers various other skill development programmes in retail, IT, BSFI, construction, hospitality, garments, driving and renewable energy.