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Capgemini to use India as global training hub

business Updated: Feb 06, 2008 01:40 IST
Suman Layak
Suman Layak
Hindustan Times
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French consulting giant Capgemini will use India as one of its global training bases. The company, which trains over 10,000 people globally every year, has tied up with the Indian School of Business in Hyderabad to start two courses in the country.

Capgemini also announced that it plans to become a 40,000 strong team in India. The company trains around 5,500 people in global courses and another 5,000 in local courses. India would become the consulting major's global training centre.

Steven Smith, Capgemini vice-president and director of the training arm Capgemini University, told the Hindustan Times: “We want to have at least 40 per cent people from across the world in the courses that are run in India, while the remaining people will be our Indian employees.”

The company runs the university as a standalone division. It charges a tuition fee for the courses it runs for its employees and the division heads pays for the fees. Explaining the model, Smith said: “As we have to pay the people who come and teach so it is logical that we charge for the courses. The fees are paid by the divisions that send in their employees and unless the courses are good they will not send in people for paid courses.”

He said that the university model of training help a lot in retaining people. “We impart skill, knowledge and methodology. But it is also about emotion. It is the emotional connect of being trained by your organisation that helps in retain the employee for a longer period.”

Smith said that Capgemini is holding discussions with the top management at the Indian School of Business on further courses that the company could introduce, adding that it was now up to the Hyderabad-based business school to use some of Capgemini’s designs for its own courses.