Xavier Labour Relations Institute (XLRI) Jamshedpur and Accenture join forces to provide graduates seeking careers in HR, with specialised skills geared to IT and BPO industries. They have together launched the Accenture & XLRI HR Academy, a training academy dedicated to the human capital management needs of the growing information technology and business process outsourcing industries.
A release issued by XLRI said the Accenture & XLRI HR Academy was a pioneering industry-academia partnership and was possibly the first entity of its kind in India. XLRI was the first management institute in the country to partner with a company like Accenture to launch a specialised certification in human capital management for the IT and BPO sector, Father Casimir Raj, director of XLRI, pointed out.
The Academy would offer a 24-month programme for recent university graduates who have joined Accenture as trainees in the HR department. The first batch of 34 trainees was chosen after a rigorous selection process comprising written tests, group discussions, case interviews and a panel interview.
The trainees will enjoy a work-study opportunity, being employed with Accenture under the programme conducted jointly by XLRI and Accenture, with courses developed jointly by the two organisations. The programme comprised 15 learning modules covering a variety of HR-related topics, including training and development, career and performance management, rewards and compensation, organisational behaviour, as well as the financial and legal aspects of HR.
HR professionals working in IT and BPO ventures needed specialised skills to address these industries' unique people-related challenges, said Chet Kamat, head of Accenture's delivery center network in India. Accenture said its priority was building a strong workforce by attracting and retaining the best talent.