Sesa Goa is pioneer amongst mining companies in taking concrete initiatives towards meeting its Sustainable Development commitments and effectively utilising its reclaimed mine sites; setting new models. A case in hand is the formation of Sesa Community Development Foundation to foster the development of youth around Sesa Goa's areas of operations in Goa.
Sesa Community Development Foundation ("SCDF") - It represents Sesa Goa's social focus. This foundation runs Sesa Technical School which provides technical training to local students and Sesa Football Academy which nurtures future footballers from Goa. The junior football academy and the technical school is built on the reclaimed mine site at Sanquelim, a remarkable example of both environmental conservation and community development work which is unique in itself.
Sesa Goa's vision is to enhance the quality of life & socio - economic well-being of communities in and around its operations; and contribute towards developing empowered and sustainable societies. As a part of this philosophy Sesa Goa has formed Sesa Community Development Foundation to foster the development of youth near the Company’s area of operations in Goa. This foundation runs Sesa Technical School and Sesa Football Academy. When most of the major mining operations of the Company were closed in Sanquelim in the early Ninety, the Company decided to effectively utilize the office building and workshop at the mining site and was converted to develop an Industrial Training Institute (ITI). Thus Sesa Technical School was born in 1994.
STS was developed with an aim to empower the Goan youths without academic brilliance and economic muscle, of the surrounding community, by imparting training in various technical skill sets, to cater to the needs of the industry. At present 128 trainees are undergoing training in the professions of Fitter, Machinist, Instrument Mechanic and Electrician. All courses of STS are National Council of Vocational Training (NCVT) affiliated with two year duration. Responses from aspiring trainees and from industries in absorbing them have been excellent till date.
Seeing the overwhelming response from the local youths of Goa and the excellent performance of STS, Sesa Goa decided to increase the intake of STS from 56 students per batch to 75 students per batch starting from the year 2010. The intake capacity for each trade is as below:
Sesa Technical Schools Intake Capacity
Since the inception of STS, 16 batches have been rolled out making 726 young Goans employable till date on their own merit. Some of the passed out boys are holding senior positions today in the private sector.
Sesa Technical School today has become a leading Vocational Training Institute in Goa and has already an enviable record and reputation of identifying potential and nurturing excellence of young Goans. For the fifth consecutive year STS has maintained 100 per cent results in the Industrial Training Institute (ITI) trade test. An important accessory of Sesa Goa Limited in its CSR initiatives, STS has lived up to the expectations by imparting rigorous training in the trades of Fitter, Machinist, Instrument Mechanic and Electrician.
In 2010, all the 54 trainees of STS who appeared for the examination have passed the ITI test (All India Trade Test for Craftsman Training, July 2010 conducted by NCVT) with excellent performance and Goa’s Top 3 Rankers for the year 2010 are from Sesa Technical School, Sanquelim they are:
Out of 54 trainees appeared in this year's examination, 44 passed with Distinction and remaining 10 passed with First Class which works out to 81% in Distinction and 19% in First Class - an enviable and remarkable achievement indeed!
Trainees of STS have been placed in various companies year after year- In fact, the trainees are picked up during the campus interview long before the results are out, which in itself is a mark of pride for the company.
Over the years STS has done Goa proud. A number of alumni's now hold important positions in major companies like
These are only a few examples. The trainees passed out from STS have found placements and success in the most reputed multinational and other major companies. Credit goes to the trainees for their hard work and the dedicated faculty of STS who have moulded them with discipline and rigorous training. Since the inception of the school in 1994 about 726 such students have found gainful employment in major companies as skilled employees.
As a result of excellent training; it has became a practice of the prospective employers of surrounding industries to visit STS for campus interviews to choose their manpower requirement. STS arranges campus interviews and thus ensures that all the trainees get absorbed in industries after completion of theq course.
STS trainees have been always in high demand in last fifteen years for the purpose of employment. Needless to say, the past record of placement of trainees speaks enough for the schools quality based on impartation of training and developing technical skills. The major employers in last one decade for the students have been:
In recent years, there is an ever-growing demand for STS students from some of the major industrial firms in Goa such as Marico Industries; Oral Health Care and Hygiene Ltd; Indoco Remedies; Wyeth Pharma; Himachal Futuristic Communications Ltd etc, at their factory locations in Goa.
SESA GOA continuously empowering & creating self-sustaining communities..............
Football has been chosen by SCDF for spotting young talent and giving them appropriate scientific and specific training through the residential academy and producing skilled players possessing physical and mental strength, as also disciplined citizens, while simultaneously pursuing their studies.
SFA has two academies junior level which began functioning from June 1999 at Sanquelim, Goa, and senior level which started from June 2008 at Sirsaim, Goa. It was started with the sole objective of service to the community in Sesa Goa's operational areas.
For more information on Sesa Football Academy, please visit our micro-site of the academy at www.sesafootball.com
Sesa started its junior residential football academy in 1999 in its reclaimed mine site at Sanquelim with a beautiful football ground, well established gymnasium, a complete hostel facility along with a recreation centre with 24 boys from Goa, presently housing 36 boys. SFA is the only residential academy of Goa which trains the boys for 4 years besides allowing the boys to pursue their regular academic studies. All the expenses of boys during their stay at SFA including the trainee's academic studies are taken care by SFA.
In fact the academic study's is a must for all the boys. In the words of Sesa Academy official, "our aim is to produce disciplined citizens while nurturing the inherent soccer talent of Goan boys which more often than not dies its natural death within the periphery of village football. While we'll be ecstatic if some Messi or Baichung comes out of our academy, but would still be happy if they can make a football career or any other career based on the discipline and academic qualification acquired through our efforts."
No wonder, Sesa lads form today the supply chain for Goan football and the likes of Micky, Rowilson, Godwin, Bernad, Milagrio, Lavino, Gabriel and so many others are the SFA products and the proud possession of so many clubs!.
Sesa decided to start the Senior Academy 2008. True to its style, Sesa decided to create football infrastructure for the senior team immediately. The primary thought was that these boys in the senior team, who are mostly from the junior academy, still need to be housed, along with their coaches, under one roof with full scale facilities, such as, nutritious food in the canteen, gymnasium, recreational facilities, indoor game facilities, etc. This ensures further continued nurturing of the young talent along with rigorous football training within a disciplined regime.
SFA is considered one of the top soccer academies in the country, the new infrastructure at Sirsaim was Inaugurated on 14 February 2010 at the hands of Mr. Anil Agarwal, Chairman Vedanta Resources plc, Mr. Digambar Kamat, Hon'ble Chief Minister of Goa, Mr. Pratap Singh Raoji Rane, Hon'ble Legislative Speaker of Goa and Mr. PK Mukherjee, Managing Director of Sesa Goa Limited. The new infrastructure at Sirsaim which has costed more than Rs. 4 crore, it has a football turf maintained round the year by a professional agency, hostel facility that can accommodate 30 boys, an in-house gymnasium, indoor sports hall, audio visual room and Sauna Bath facilities.
SFA has already started planning for the future and has plans to add a spectator stand, a swimming pool and a half pitch artificial turf. A tie-up with a top professional club in Europe is also in the pipeline.
For the last two years, Sesa's Senior Academy has been an active participant in the Goa Professional League, besides participating in the 2nd division of the I-League, Governor's Cup and various other tournaments.
Sesa also decided not to import or hire foreigners since it remains focussed on its sole objective to increase the standards of Goan and Indian football. No wonder that within 2 years of the senior academy coming into being; at least half a dozen of the boys from senior academy are being chased by big clubs with lucrative offers. It is interesting to note that, while none of the top notch clubs in Goa have a single football ground of their own, Sesa has two beautiful turfs in Goa created in their own land.
The senior academy is created on a piece of land at Sirsaim where once upon a time a mining workshop was situated. Sesa, for its passion for football, which is the manifestation of its commitment to the principles of Corporate Social Responsibility.