apna.co collaborates with AkzoNobel India Limited to connect painters with hyper-local opportunities

apna.co, India’s largest professional networking and jobs platform for the rising workforce of India has signed an MoU with AkzoNobel India Limited to provide a dedicated online platform for painters, paint contractors and allied workers, notes a press release from the organization.

Under this alliance, apna will onboard painters linked to AkzoNobel on its platform with the aim to provide access to hyper-local job opportunities. This collaboration shall support painters with career information, soft skilling programs, and networking with fellow professionals, opportunities to showcase their work and do knowledge sharing. With the expansive reach of apna, the program is expected to benefit lakhs of painters and paint contractors.

All the youth undergoing vocational training in decorative paints at AkzoNobel Paint Academy will be facilitated with curated online training, live and recorded webinars on professional networking and community engagement by the apna platform to raise awareness among the painters and paint contractors. Additionally, apna will also facilitate AkzoNobel dealers and distributors to hire skilled workers directly from the app.     

Nirmit Parikh, Founder, and Chief Executive Officer, apna, said, “We are delighted to partner with AkzoNobel India Limited, a global leader in this domain. Together we will contribute to India’s accelerated growth journey. This is a first-of-its-kind opportunity provided by our platform dedicated to delivering strategic benefits to this section of the rising workforce. With the lockdown of the pandemic years left behind, we believe that it is the right time to invest in new skilling programs in this domain. We see this partnership going a long way in contributing to the enhancement of lives of our aspiring workforce.”

Rajiv Rajgopal, Managing Director, AkzoNobel India said, “AkzoNobel is committed to its ‘People. Planet. Paint.’ approach to sustainable business worldwide. Delivering shared value for everyone, in our ecosystem and the broader community is the cornerstone of AkzoNobel Cares. COVID-19 has accelerated the need for digital outreach across all sections of society. In these unprecedented times, AkzoNobel’s MoU with apna.co aims to fast-track enhance employability of the painting community across India. We are confident that apna’s specially crafted professional programs will enhance the learning, professional networking & new job opportunities for the painting workforce.”

apna’s vertical communities will mine new networking, collaborating and job discovery opportunities for the talented workforce in the painting industry. Through this partnership, a large section of the unorganised workforce across India will get a professional and credible digital identity for the first time, which in turn will boost their employability. Both AkzoNobel and apna have collaborated to create more meaningful opportunities for skilled professionals and deliver strategic benefits through the technology platform present in 28 Indian cities.

Founded in 2019, the apna.co is India’s largest professional networking platform dedicated to helping India’s burgeoning working class to unlock unique professional networking, and skilling opportunities. The app is currently live in 28 cities.