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Tata STRIVE and Wipro GE Healthcare partner to train youth towards bridging healthcare skill gap in the country

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  • Program aims to skill 6,000+ youth with a focus on candidates from underserved backgrounds
  • Tata STRIVE to provide loan scholarships to deserving candidates with the support of Tata Trusts
  • Wipro GE Healthcare developed technical training courses to be undertaken across the country with the network of its partner institutes and technical support of Tata STRIVE

February 23, 2021: Tata STRIVE and Wipro GE Healthcare today entered into a partnership to skill youth for jobs in the healthcare sector over a period of three years. The agreement aims to skill 6,200 candidates in various technical and operational areas of healthcare. As part of this partnership, Wipro GE Healthcare will design, develop and implement industry-relevant, hands-on training with a goal of achieving gainful employment for these students, many of whom belong to underprivileged sections of society. Tata STRIVE with the support of Tata Trusts will provide the candidates loan scholarships upon qualifying for the course. Tata STRIVE to enhance the program delivery and efficacy by providing digital solutions for planning and managing batches, loan scholarships, attendance, assessments and tracking. Tata STRIVE to provide its industry relevant state of the art content for the soft skills aligned to the Healthcare sector requirements.  This partnership is a significant step to address the increasing demand for Allied Healthcare Professionals (AHPs). 

AHPs make a significant contribution to the healthcare delivery system. They provide a range of services including technical and diagnostics as well as help in effective functioning of the system. During any health crisis, like the current pandemic, they are the frontline warriors and help in scaling up healthcare services by complementing skills sets of doctors and nurses. Despite a huge demand for their services, the segment is highly short-staffed and fragmented in India. This comes in the backdrop of approximately 20 million youth educated up to 12th standard not opting for higher studies, of which 60% are women.

India has a huge shortfall of Allied Health Professionals. It is estimated that the current requirement for AHPs in India is nearly 6.5 million as against a supply of less than 300,000. As per National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC), in 2018 the healthcare technician demand-supply gap in India was at 84% shortfall. 

Speaking at the announcement, Anita Rajan, CEO, Tata STRIVE said, “India’s Healthcare sector is currently starved of an adequately skilled workforce as well as an adequate number of allied healthcare professionals. This partnership between Tata STRIVE and Wipro GE Healthcare, will build a cadre of technical professionals that will support the delivery of quality medical care to reduce this gap. The financial support towards training, provided by Tata’s will democratise the opportunity for youth especially women to aspire for a career in healthcare.”

Speaking at the announcement, Shravan Subramanyam, Managing Director, Wipro GE Healthcare, South Asia said, “Building a strong pipeline of allied healthcare professionals can be a strategic intervention in the healthcare sector. This will not only ensure a quality healthcare delivery system but also create meaningful jobs for many. In line with the government’s vision of Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (AB PM-JAY) launched in September 2018 to improve the efficiency, effectiveness and transparency of the health sector, Wipro GE Healthcare is privileged to partner with Tata STRIVE to skill the youth of the country. This partnership focusses not only on employment but also focusses on bridging the skill gap prevalent in the healthcare sector along with upliftment of women in the society.”

With an aim to improve access to quality healthcare throughout the country by developing skilled healthcare resources, Wipro GE Healthcare in 2015 established the GE Healthcare Education Institute (GEHCI). As part of this collaboration with Tata STRIVE, GEHCI, a training partner listed under the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC), will execute these healthcare training courses through a mix of both classroom and virtual sessions along with interactive training exercises. The program will provide opportunity to underserved 12th pass students to enter healthcare sector as X-ray, Operation Theatre, Radiology, or as Cardiac Care technician. In addition, non-technical job roles such as front desk coordinator and medical record technician courses are also offered. All technical training courses under this initiative have been layered with Tata STRIVE’s highly recognised Youth Development Modules comprising soft skills and life skills. The candidates enrolled in this program will also undergo continuous assessment and internships during the course duration. 

The Tata STRIVE-Wipro GE Healthcare partnership hopes to strengthen the healthcare delivery system in the country through focussed efforts on skilling the youth. 

About GE Healthcare 

GE Healthcare is the $16.7 billion healthcare business of GE (NYSE: GE). As a leading global medical technology and digital solutions innovator, GE Healthcare enables clinicians to make faster, more informed decisions through intelligent devices, data analytics, applications and services, supported by its Edison intelligence platform. With over 100 years of healthcare industry experience and around 50,000 employees globally, the company operates at the center of an ecosystem working toward precision health, digitizing healthcare, helping drive productivity and improve outcomes for patients, providers, health systems and researchers around the world. 

In India, GE Healthcare operates in a JV (Wipro GE Healthcare WGE)) with Wipro Limited. WGE is focused on some of the country’s toughest healthcare challenges– lowering maternal and infant deaths, enabling early detection of cancer and addressing heart diseases early. WGE pioneered innovation of healthcare imaging technologies ‘In India for India and the world’ to enhance access to quality healthcare at affordable costs to more people. 

The GE Healthcare Institute, which focuses on skill development and enhancement programs, has trained workforce from across the healthcare ecosystem, from community health workers to nurses and clinicians. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin and Insights , or visit our website for more information.

About Tata STRIVE 

Tata STRIVE is the skill development initiative of the Tata Community Initiatives Trust under the aegis of Tata Trusts, addressing the pressing need of skilling India’s youth for employment, entrepreneurship and community enterprise.

It reaches to communities, develops skills of people from socially and economically disadvantaged backgrounds and acclimatises them with the changing work environment. The core philosophy is to create courses that would help in creating and supplying trained manpower across the entire industrial spectrum as well as develop entrepreneurial talent. 

With the spirit of collaboration embedded within its DNA, Tata STRIVE actively builds strong partnerships with the industry including both Tata & non-Tata companies, the Government, PSUs, Banks and fellow-NGO in the ecosystem – towards addressing the national challenge of skill development as well as opening up newer doors of livelihood opportunities for young people.

Thus far, over 5 lakh individuals have experienced the Tata STRIVE advantage.

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Media Contact:

Wipro GE Healthcare

Sruthi Lukose, Corporate Communications, GE Healthcare, South Asia / +91 9740737895

Shankhadipa Talukdar, Genesis BCW, +91 9999956546

Natashia Pereira, Genesis BCW, +91 9833014056


Sudhakar Gudipati, Head, Programme Development & Partnerships, Tata STRIVE / +91 92232 12012

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