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SGS India contributes to Sustainable Development Goal 3 (Ensure healthy lives and promote wellbeing for all at all ages) by addressing the critical need for trained nurses and supporting women with no access to formal education.

SGS Academy India team at a skill certification program

Through a partnership with the Heart of India Foundation, an SGS-supported project aims to train 100 underprivileged female candidates, improving the employment prospects of these women by enabling them to develop their skills and obtain a qualification. The women will attend a six month diploma course in geriatric nursing and will receive funding from SGS for their education, food and uniforms. The focus on geriatric nurse training is particularly relevant, as India moves closer to becoming the most populous country in the next decade. With this in mind, the nurses are being provided training that will qualify them to work in a field with many opportunities for employment and potential long term job security.

The training is being delivered through SGS Academy in Chennai, which is one of 45 global centers of excellence that provide professionally focused business training adapted to the local needs of customers and communities. The training is being conducted as classroom training, and certificates will be issued by the World Young Women's Christian Association (WYWC), a movement working for the empowerment, leadership and rights of women and girls around the world.