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Rajshekhar participated in the Volvo CE Junior Excavator Operator Training course in Hyderabad, India. He is now an excavator operator.
Rajshekhar participated in the Volvo CE Junior Excavator Operator Training course in Hyderabad, India. He is now an excavator operator.

Three-month courses provide jobs for the underprivileged youth

A future excavator operator

The Building Tomorrow Project
In this article: Excavators

Rajshekhar is one of many young men that are participating in Volvo CE India’s free training courses in India to become a junior excavator operator. And the job statistics after the course are promising - almost all students get employment.

Rajshekhar comes from a family that falls below the poverty line in India. When growing up, his parents’ income never made ends meet and Rajshekhar decided early on that he needed to help. He took an interest in the operator profession after visiting the coal mines in Ramagundam, where he saw operators in action with the machines. When he learned about Volvo CE’s free Junior Excavator Operator Training Course (JEO) for underprivileged youth, he immediately applied and joined. The course, conducted at the GMR Varalakshmi Foundation (GMVF) in Hyderabad, is a three-month stay on site, with days filled with training and education.

“My teachers here have an unusual teaching style. Even when I make mistakes, they help me learn from them without judging or making me regret anything,” tells Rajshekhar.

Given the JEO course’s track record of having secured excavator operator jobs for almost 100 percent of all its students till date, Rajshekhar is now confident of getting work, since trained operators are in short supply in India and abroad.

“I need to take care of my two sisters, so I am aiming to go abroad as soon as possible, to work,” tells Rajshekhar.

The course in Hyderabad holds a full schedule every day, and leaves nothing to chance.

“This is really a game-changer for the students,” says Vijay Simhan, Manager Training at Volvo CE India. “In just three months, someone with no livelihood or saleable skills learns to operate an excavator and gets a job, already knowing everything about a big, expensive machine. We believe that knowledge is performance, and that’s what counts even here – because with knowledge, one becomes employable.”

Volvo CE India regularly holds the free Junior Excavator Operator Training Courses in Hyderabad. The three-month course is offered to the underprivileged youth.
Volvo CE India regularly holds the free Junior Excavator Operator Training Courses in Hyderabad. The three-month course is offered to the underprivileged youth.

Facts/ Junior Excavator Operator Training Course

  • An intensive, free of charge, residential program for unskilled dropouts and socially disadvantaged and underprivileged sections in India.
  • A Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) collaboration between Volvo CE India and GMR Varalakshmi Foundation, the CSR wing of the GMR Group.
  • At the end of the course after three months, trainees get a credible certificate recognized by the Government of India’s Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, based on which they begin their first job as an excavator operator.
  • Started in 2012. More than 700 candidates have been trained so far, in 45 batches.

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