“Those who know, do. Those that understand, teach.” – Aristotle
Orion Edutech is the brainchild of Sanjeev Kothari and Manish Agarwal. Founded in the year 2006, their sole motto has since been to create promising champions of the future and to bridge the gap between the demand and supply of skilled man force in the industry. They have successfully trained and placed more than 1.5 Lakh job aspirants in various top MNCs and corporate houses. The company has more than 220 training centers across 24 states in India and planning to extend their network overseas and also exploring offshore opportunities for recruitment solutions have been taken by them.
Association with CII, FICCI, BCC&I and ASSOCHAM gives them an edge over the competitors. They have been successfully executing placement linked projects under several Ministries as Ministry of Minority Affairs, Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, Ministry of Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises, Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation, Ministry of Rural Development and Ministry of Labor & Employment. Of late, they have taken a majority stake in Chennai based Brainvalley Software Pvt. Ltd. to get access to its scalable “Cloud based assessment platform ‘Quizky’”. It is an innovative independent assessment solution for corporate and education institutes.
Orion, Being a skill development training company the major aspects that differentiate them from that of the rest in the domain are the credibility that they have trained and placed, the maximum number of sectors that have affiliated them, the accreditations and awards that have acknowledged or efforts in the same.
Exquisite Training Services
They offer end-to-end skill building programs focused on improving the employability of candidates, partnering with various Governments, Agencies, Corporates, Universities and PSUs to provide skill building programs for the rural / urban youth. They offer a wide array of courses covering more than 22 sectors. The curricula of courses are designed as per guidelines of National Skill Qualification Framework (NSQF) and approved by the relevant Sector Skill Councils (SSC). On job training and industry visits are a part of the “industry collaborated” course programs. Job skills, soft skills, life skills and entrepreneurship skills are integral to the course curriculum.
Besides vocational training, they provide customized training and up-skilling programs to employees of Corporates and also provide end to end recruitment and staffing solutions right from recruitment, selection, on-boarding, compliance and training of candidates for their clients in sectors such as BFSI, Hospitality, FMCG, Manufacturing, Healthcare and IT / ITeS. They cater to leadership, mid-level and associate hiring in generic, niche and technical skill sets.
The company has been facilitating more than 1.5 lakh learners for last 10 years by the in depth and industry specific both non-digital and digital learning materials. Hence, recently they have initiated for a new portal with commercial content to cater to the Corporates with web content solutions. Their initiatives for CSR activities in skill development with various Corporates are mention worthy.
They have forayed into the high-growth “Online Assessment” segment through a strategic acquisition of Brain Valley Software Pvt. Ltd. which complements their service offerings, leveraging their established large student base, campus and corporate relationships.
The Client Factor
Government plays a significant role in the revenue generation for Orion Edutech. Some percentage of the revenue is sourced from few of the flagship projects of Central Govt of India under the Ministry of Rural Development (MORD), Ministry of Minority Affairs (MOMA) and Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY) under the Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship. The company’s big clients include:
Wipro Bpo, Mphasis, Concentrix, Godrej & Boyce, Ellenbarrie, Gionne, Tractor India Limited, IBM, Genpact, Swissotel, Serco, Infosys, Aegis, The HHI, TATA Consultancy Services, Pantaloon, Big Bazar, Airtel, Mayfair, Kochar, Lakme Salon, KCT Group, Hinduja Global Solutions, GKB Lens, Magma Fincorp, Kesoram, Duncan Tea, Jawed Habib Hair & Beauty Limited, Samsung, Maruti Suzuki, JW Marriot.
“It’s been long time that I’ve been interacting with Orion for regular manpower requirements and the response I got is quite overwhelming not only in terms of meeting the required skillsets of people but also people who are well aware of the job profile that we share with Orion which makes a recruiters job only.” – Dhilender Kumar Mishra, HR Officer, Mahindra Satyam BPO.
“Every few days we have new vendors approaching us for empanelling/recruitment partnership and we do experiment with a few who seem capable, but it is hardly a handful which pull through and are eventually capable to deliver the requisite quality and quantity and are then brought into our recruitment partnership forum. One such exemplary case is yours folks and I hope to see the fruitful relationship continuous across all our locations at Infosys BPO with growing support and efforts from your end.” – Nishant Leekha, Infosys BPO.
Plotting the Future
Bridging the Skill Gap: With predominant target to train and place 2 million youth by 2022, Orion Edutech’s aim is to Skill India with a target driven mindset to bridge the gap between the demand and supply of skilled man force.
The CSR approach: The company wants to spare a handsome time to think about the society, which in turn will boost the company’s competitiveness and reputation. In simple words, it wants to propagate business and standards through quality CSR activities and to target top 10 corporates by FY 16-17.
The Content: Driven by their aim to be the most preferred and valued grail for all the customers through services par excellence. Orion Edutech has recently launched a reliable portal, “ContentGrill” to extend its support for content development to domestic and international clients.
Global Coverage: The company plans to expand its network quite same as what has been initiated in Nigeria, Enugu, Cameroon, Namibia, Angola, Zambia and Zimbabwe off late. They also want to scale-up business in other parts of Africa, in Nepal, China and Srilanka.
Meet the Master Duo
Sanjeev Kothari, Co-Founder and Director: Sanjeev Kothari after completing his B.Com, strode with a vision of nurturing young minds with the world class training and making them industry ready. With such an insight, he joined hands with Manish Agarwal, and established Orion Edutech in 2006 in one of the outskirts of Kolkata. In a span of 5 years, Orion expanded its network all over the country and trained and placed 50,000 students with various MNCs. A 4 member company now possesses 600 resources on board. In the journey of 10 years through off and on trials and tribulations, he has always got Manish Agarwal as his biggest support. He is a man of benevolence, his achievements have never become his pride rather are his learnings.
Manish Agarwal, Co-Founder and Director: Manish Agarwal, after completing his CA Interns joined hands with Sanjeev Kothari, who was his batchmate and confidante and started the journey of Orion Edutech with a profound and intense focus on bridging the gap between the demand and supply of the skilled workforce. He is an entrepreneur with a visionary outlook for reaching the mass through networking and liaising.