BANGALORE, INDIA: Following its successful stint in the corporate IT training space New Horizons India, a joint venture of New Horizons Worldwide, Inc. and the Shriram Group, today announced its foray into retail level IT training in the City. With this announcement, New Horizons will now extend its expertise in specialized IT training, until now restricted to corporate houses only, to consumers across the board.
Announcing this, Ashish Malhotra, assistant vice president, New Horizons, said, "The retail training will help create a self replenishing pool of industry ready work force which the 'Silicon Valley' of India needs."
Recent studies have indicated a clear gap in the requirements of appropriately skilled IT professionals in the industry and the limited numbers of workers available. As per NASSCOM report, there would be a shortage of more than 1 million IT professionals in India by end 2009. "New Horizons will leverage its extensive experience in catering to the specialized IT training needs at a corporate level, to help equip the discerning talent pool in the city with relevant IT skills," he added.
"We are specialists in the field of customized IT training for corporate houses and are delighted to extend this as a retail offering to students," Malhotra said. "Our decision has been influenced by the escalating demand for IT skilled professionals in the city, especially in the younger age groups who have not had the advantage of corporate level training."
New Horizons has trained a record number of over 7000 professionals on best of breed IT technologies in the last four years with customers including the top services companies. New Horizons expects to train over 500 students in the first year under its retail foray.
Explaining the training module, Malhotra said: "To begin with, walk in students will be accepted at the maiden centre in Bangalore. The modular training sessions will initially offer .Net, Java, Oracle, Linux and Microsoft. There are 12 modular courses and one career course (in Networking) being launched in the retail space. By end 2009, the number of modular courses would go up to 20, with two Career courses in Software and Animation."
The 14-month career course is mainly aimed at undergraduate students. The organization also offers scholarships to students in the career program.
In addition to Bangalore, New Horizons has started its retail training programs in Delhi, Chennai and Kolkota as well. It has association with more than 150 IT companies in Bangalore and plans to open three more centres in the city.
"Presently, we are also into conducting open houses on the contemporary as well as high demand technology every month," Malhotra said. In the days to come, New Horizons is also planning to train housewives and school students.