Kalimpong, May 28: Dr Graham’s Homes here is sailing into uncharted waters by opening a BPO academy on its school premises.
To function from a renovated cottage on the sprawling Homes campus, the academy will provide both theoretical and practical training in business processing. Top companies, like HSBC, Acclaris and Databazaar have agreed to send resource persons for the courses.
According to David Foning, the bursar of the school, it has always been the dream of the institute to start higher institutes of learning. “We believe the hills have a tremendous scope for growth in service sector industries like IT, IT enabled services, retail and hospital. This is our attempt to tap the potential,” he said.
To begin with, about 60 trainees — each to be charged a course fee of Rs 15,000 — will be selected for a three-month training programme, which will start from August. The process of selection has already started. “The applicants should have at least passed Class XII and have a good command over English,” said Foning.
On completion of the course, the students will be awarded internationally recognised certificates. “All successful trainees will be offered jobs by the participating companies at a monthly salary of Rs 10,000 to 12,000 on condition that they will work there for at least 18 months,” the bursar said.
During the training, the trainees will be provided with personal computers with multi-media software. A special language course will also be held.