Fort St. John will be getting down and dirty this weekend.The annual Fort St. John Mud Bogg is on Saturday and Sunday. The event will be taking place at the Fort St. John Rodeo Grounds and will run from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. on both days.- Advertisement -Also included in the weekend festivities will be a variety of local fundraisers, such as a burger sale that will be raising money for the Baldonnel School. All the money raised from the Mud Bogg will stay within the community. General admission costs $20 for an adult day pass and $50 for a family pass. Family passes include two adults and two children. Children under the age of 12 will receive free admission, but must be accompanied by an adult.Tickets will also be available for purchase on site (cash only).Purchase tickets in advance for a chance to win a run through the bogg with one of the trucks or a BBQ pack. Advertisement
26 October 2006South Africa collected five medals to finish fourth out of 33 countries at the 2006 ISA World Surfing Games at Huntington Beach in California on the weekend, with Jordy Smith scoring a sensational victory in the men’s open division.Smith wasn’t South Africa’s only gold medal medal winner, either, with Matthew Moir emerging victorious in the longboard division.Rosanne Hodge secured a bronze in women’s competition, while the SA tag team picked up bronze behind Australia and Brazil.The team’s performance saw them being awarded the copper medal in the team event, with Australia winning for a record eighth time, followed by Brazil and the US.The stuff of legendSmith’s victory was the stuff of legend. Previously he had won the under-16 world title in 2003, and finished second in the under-18 division earlier this year in Brazil. At Huntington Beach, he was forced into the repechage rounds on the first day, where one slip would mean elimination.However, he fought his way through an incredible 10 rounds of competition, eliminating 2001 world champion CJ Hobgood along the way, as well as a number of World Championship Tour competitors.By the time it came to the final, there was no stopping Smith. Turning on the style, he crushed the challenges of Luke Stedman, Pat O’Connell and Armando Daltro with a high-flying display.“I’m really happy that I could do this for South Africa, my sponsors, all my friends and for myself,” Smith said afterwards. “It’s crazy to win a gold medal, it’s something you always dream of.”Dominating longboard victoryMoir’s gold in the longboard event was achieved with far greater ease as he dominated the competition from the start. Starting on the opening day, he recorded the highest scores, and from then on, through four rounds, he won by record scores each time out.Hodge had no problems reaching the qualifying final of the women’s event, but once there she managed only a third-place finish, which meant she would have to go through a repechage round to reach the grand final.Showing excellent poise and determination, she held off a strong challenge from two Australians to advance with the USA’s Julia Christian to the main event.In the final, Christian pulled off a home victory, narrowly ahead of Jacqueline Silva of Brazil, with Hodge finishing in third. Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo material
22 May 2007UK-based Rolls-Royce has taken up a 15% stake in South African alloy manufacturer Avalloy, while partnering with the company to open the first superalloy plant in the country and the first to be built globally in the last 15 years.Superalloys are used in applications in aviation, automotive engineering, oil drilling, the medical industry and a host of other high-technology industries.According to Business Report, the plant – at the Nuclear Energy Corporation of South Africa industrial site at Pelindaba in North West Province – will use locally mined nickel, cobalt and chrome to produce up to 3 000 tons of superalloys a year, with the potential for further expansion.Speaking at the official opening of the facility on Monday, Avalloy chairman Julian Williams said: “The message from us today is that the government’s beneficiation initiatives make good business sense and that local beneficiation can be an attractive investment.”Rolls-Royce director of international affairs Ralph Murphy said in a statement that the group was delighted to be sharing in the vision of the new facility, as well as to be able to demonstrate its continued support for industrial participation in the country.Murphy told Business Report that Rolls-Royce would buy about 20% of the superalloys it used in its aircraft engine production from Avalloy. The group will work with Avalloy to ensure that its products meet international standards, as well as help the company find new customers.Avalloy chief executive Gerry Robbertze told Business Report he was upbeat on the outlook for the company, given a superalloys market characterised by excess demand which is expected to grow steadily over the next few years.“We are confident that we can expand our role in this dynamic market by offering our customers the highest quality southern African products,” Robbertze said.SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo material
11 November 2011The Imperial I-Pledge road safety campaign, launched in Johannesburg on Tuesday, challenges South African motorists to help create a culture of safe, friendly road use in the country in the only way that works in the long run: by changing our own attitudes.The campaign, launched within the company in July, and now extended to the South African public at large, encourages people to signal their commitment to road friendliness and safety by visiting www.ipledge.co.za and taking the I-Pledge.With over 25 000 pledges taken among Imperial employees since July, the challenge is now open to all South Africans – be they motorists, bus and truck drivers, bikers, cyclists or pedestrians – to add their numbers, and voices, to the campaign.People can also keep updated and help advocate for safer, friendlier roads by following @IPledgeZA on Twitter and the I-Pledge group on Facebook.‘Road safety starts with every one of us’“The essence of the campaign is that road safety starts with every one of us,” Tak Hiemstra, Imperial’s executive director for strategic development, said in a statement.“As a group, we started with ourselves by encouraging our employees to personally pledge their commitment to better behaviour on the roads. It made a real difference in our attitudes. We are now driving the campaign to the South African public to change their behaviour as well.”Speaking at Tuesday’s launch, Transport Minister Sibusiso Ndebele said that road crashes in South African resulted in at least 40 deaths every day, 1 000 deaths every month and about 14 000 a year, costing the country in the region of R60-billion annually.‘Not just the responsibility of law enforcement’Making the country’s roads safer was not just the responsibility of law enforcement, but the collective responsibility of everyone in society, Ndebele said. More specifically, road safety campaigns would only succeed when road users changed their attitude towards the rules of the road.The I-Pledge campaign also encourages companies – especially those with company fleets – to implement stringent road safety policies to improve compliance to basic rules such as the wearing of seatbelts and not using mobile phones when driving.“Companies such as Imperial Holdings have taken an important step towards helping change the attitude that government alone must stop the carnage on our roads,” Ndebele said. “Imperial and other such companies represent the broadening of the movement for road safety.“I urge the entire private sector to adopt Imperial’s commitment to prioritise road safety in the workplace.”SAinfo reporter and BuaNews
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Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest After seeing picture after picture of the devastation that wildfires caused to farmers and ranchers in Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Colorado, Lykins, Ohio’s Rose Hartschuh and her husband, Greg, both knew they had to do something to help. As Hartschuh tells The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins, they are spearheading a major effort to make a trip to that part of the country, loaded with supplies and manpower to help rebuild.Click here to find out how you can helpThere has also been a fund set up to help move the donated hay to the affected areas. Checks can be made to Ohio’s Kansas Rancher Wildfire Relief Efforts and mailed to 6348 Parks Rd, Sycamore, Ohio 44882.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Mother Nature becomes a little bi-polar in our latest forecast. We have cold air that wants to stay in control through the end of this week, but it has to endure some moderating pushes coming from the south and west. Then, next week, we look to get warm enough that approaching systems have more rain potential than snow. Overall, we are lowering our expectations of a white Christmas down to about a 20% chance – but we still can be bailed for a white Christmas by a Christmas day storm. Here is how we see it at this time.A warm front tries to lift into west central and southwest Ohio today, but cannot get much farther north and east than that. The low pressure center that spawned this warm front will work into west and NW Ohio later this afternoon, and crosses the rest of the state overnight. We should see some snows associated with that low passage. These snows do not look as impressive as they did 24 and 48 hours ago and they do not extend as far south. But right now we do not think we are going to waver from our thoughts of 1”-4” of snow. There is potential for much higher totals over and north of Lake Erie…but they do not look to drift south at this time. Those snow totals are clearly north of I-70, and honestly, a good bit of those snow totals will be seen north of US 30. Areas between US 30 and I-70 may end up closer to a coating to an inch. We will see. Coverage north of 70 will be around 80% for at least some snow, and only 10% coverage of even snow flurries south of I-70 tonight into early tomorrow. By noon tomorrow, all action will be off to the east.High pressure behind the system keeps us dry and sunny through the balance of Thursday into early Friday. Northwest winds pick up Friday midday and that may bring some lake effect snows back to northern Ohio later Friday afternoon and Friday evening. WE can see a coating to 2 inches in northern Ohio, particularly NE Ohio, but nothing farther south.We should see a bit of a break for Saturday, and temperatures will start to moderate. Then, Sunday looks to turn wet. Strong south flow ahead of our next weather system takes temperatures up to the point where rain breaks out late Sunday morning over southern Southwest Ohio and moves north-northeast from there. Rain totals can be from .25”-.5”, and just south of the river we can see some .75” rains that we have to watch to make sure they don’t try and surge up into southern Ohio. Farther north, temps don’t climb quite as much. We see a large chunk of the area from US 30 northward topping out only near 35 degrees Sunday. That is warm enough for rain, but also cold enough for sloppy wet snow. So, liquid equivalent precipitation can be up to .5”, but we can see a mix of rain and wet snow in the north. 90% of the state sees some kind of action on Sunday.Next Monday we go drier behind that system, and we stay dry through Thursday morning over most of the state. The exception will be northeast Ohio, especially Tuesday. This will be another push of lake enhanced action. IT may not be all snow, but there will be some minor action around Tuesday afternoon and evening in NE OH, with liquid equivalent precipitation of .25” or less. Temperatures moderate through the period, and will be normal to even slightly above normal by midweek next week. Our final front of the 10 day period arrives late next Thursday overnight into Friday the 22nd. This front again brings mostly rain, as the cold air waits to arrive until after the moisture is gone. We look for .25”-.75” of rain over 70% of the state. That system will be the one that puts the nail in the coffin for a white Christmas, unless cold air can come faster.Dryer the 23rd into the 24th. Extended models are suggesting a potential late Christmas Eve system that goes through Christmas day. This system has good moisture potential…and if cold enough, may bail out those wanting a white Christmas. But, for now, it is far enough out that we are just going to watch it and see the track it wants to carve out.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Matt Reese and Kolt BuchenrothHeading into the 2019 National FFA Convention, the organization announced a record-high student membership of 700,170 and, in the next year, Kolesen McCoy will be representing each of those members as only the third National FFA President from Ohio.“It has been a mix of emotions and a roller coaster of a ride for sure. It is a very humbling experience. As soon as a heard my name called, I was shocked and overwhelmed with the excitement I had to go on this journey for the next 365 days with five amazing people at my side to be able to serve the 700,000 members across the country,” said McCoy from the Global Impact Stem Academy in Clark County. “And I can say that when I look at the five people around me there is a consistent message. They are not here for themselves, if that makes sense. That is very clear. They are very grounded in their faith and they are incredibly motivated to serve those around them.”The other National FFA presidents from Ohio were Bobby Jones in in 1933-1934 and Mark Sanborn in 1978-1979. McCoy is looking forward to building upon that heritage.“The role of a national officer varies from year-to-year and person-to-person. What makes this organization this organization is the people,” McCoy said. “I hope to be able to walk out of this year content with the impact I’ve had and that my five teammates can say that too.”McCoy did not grow up on a farm, but has grown to love the agricultural industry through his involvement in FFA locally, then as the Ohio FFA president and now at the national level.“I didn’t grow up in production agriculture, but I can genuinely say the reasons I pursued this industry are the people who believed in it in the beginning and they saw the potential in me. I have seen how much agriculture is involved with everything we do. Thanks to the people who are involved in this industry. It is very easy to fall in love with the people of agriculture. I want to thank all of them and I look forward to being an authentic advocate for all of them,” McCoy said. “I believe in agriculture and agricultural education students in all parts of the world who believe in what we do. I hope to be able to leave an impact on those students, be a voice for our students on the National Board and Foundation Board of Trustees and ultimately thank the people who help make all this happen — our sponsors and donors. I am who I am today because of the people who encouraged me on that journey. The people around me have invested so much in me and I look forward to investing that into the people around me as I go and serve during this year. It is going to be a great year.”Ohio’s rich heritage of excellence at the national level of the FFA continued well beyond the national officer team with extensive Ohio representation at the 2019 Convention. Ohio had an incredibly impressive 27 proficiency finalists and six national proficiency winners.Andy Holscher of the Upper Valley Career Center FFA Chapter won in the area of Agricultural Mechanics Repair and Maintenance — Placement. Holscher works at his family’s business, servicing and repairing lawnmowers and yard equipment. He started helping around the shop by doing simple jobs, like testing equipment for quality. Now he works on a large John Deere riding lawnmower, using a small leaf blower, assisting customers or anything in between. Holscher is supported by his parents, Teresa and Marvin, and his FFA advisors, Michelle Brunson, Daniel Schmiesing, Deborah Stanfield, James Metz, Michaella Quinter and John Kreitze.Rachel Sherman of the Big Walnut-DACC FFA Chapter won in the area of Dairy Production — Entrepreneurship. Sherman began her herd with a gift of one heifer from her parents. That one heifer grew to nine lactating cows and four heifers. She has grown her herd to be representative of all six main breeds of dairy cattle and has focused on strengthening her enterprise through the use of good management practices and continued use of genetic selection. Sherman is supported by her parents, Rose and Ken, and her FFA advisor, Jeffrey Stimmell.Joanna Frankenberg of the New Bremen FFA Chapter won in the area of Dairy Production — Placement. Frankenberg works on her family’s dairy farm, assisting in the management of a 120-Holstein cow herd and an additional 120 heifers. They also farm 480 acres of land, cultivating corn, grass hay, soybeans and wheat — all of which goes directly into feeding and caring for the herd. Frankenberg started helping on the farm at the age of five. She’s learned much about emerging technology related to the farm, including robotic management, no-till and more. She is supported by her parents, Kathryn and Steven, and her FFA advisor, Maria Homan.Jacob Wuebker of the Versailles FFA Chapter won in the area of Agricultural Production — Entrepreneurship/Placement. Wuebker is the fourth generation to work on his family farm. The operation produces 1,000 acres of corn, soybeans, wheat and alfalfa hay in addition to raising 2,000 sows from farrow to wean and 200 dairy steers on a feedlot. His tasks vary, ranging from feeding and breeding sows to servicing equipment and spreading and applying manure. Wuebker is supported by his parents, Dena and Jeff, and his FFA advisors, Dena Wuebker and Taylor Bergman.Justin Scott of the Indian Valley FFA Chapter won in the area of Diversified Crop Production — Placement. Scott works on his cousin’s 1,200-acre farm. The operation is a 50-50 rotation between yellow dent corn and soybeans. His cousin has slowly empowered him to take on more responsibilities, beginning with cleaning equipment and operating tillage implements and working to maintaining and repairing equipment, transporting grain and making management decisions. Scott is supported by his parents, Sommer and Tim, and his FFA advisor, David Stiles.Austin Dotterer of the Smithville FFA Chapter won in the area ofFruit Production — Entrepreneurship/Placement. Dotterer began his supervised agricultural experience (SAE) because he wanted to help his aunt and uncle who own a blackberry farm of about 2,400 plants. When he began, his only responsibilities were picking, cutting out old growth and lateral training. He has since learned most aspects of raising the fruit, including wedding, equipment care and primocane training. Dotterer is supported by his parents, Amy and Steve, and his FFA advisor, Stephen Heppe.Another big Ohio winner at National FFA Convention was the Covington-UVCC FFA Chapter that was named the Model of Excellence winner. Covington-UVCC FFA members identified a need to lower stress in their student body, promote production agriculture and improve the future lives of students. Their “De-Stressalizer” program offered four events — including tai chi and a movie night —throughout the school year that allowed students to unwind. The chapter’s Harvest Day included activities about harvesting and plant germination as well as kiddie tractor races. The chapter also highlighted former members during National FFA Week to showcase post-high school opportunities.“It is a big deal for us even to be up for this award,” said Brenna Miller, Covington UVCC FFA member. “We were so excited to win.”Ohio had an impressive three Star finalists — American Star in Agribusiness finalist Luke Scott (Wynford), American Star in Agriscience finalist Olivia Pflaumer (Zane Trace), and American Star Farmer finalist Todd Peterson (Miami Trace) — in the four national categories, though none were selected as the national winner. In addition, the team of Elly Schipfer, Taylor Ayars, and Colin Hartley, of Mechanicsburg FFA, finished third overall in the Meats Evaluation and Technology Career Development Event and the team of Colby Hoover, Spencer Flick, Kaitlin Miller, and Madeline Flick, of Margaretta FFA finished fifth overall in the Poultry Evaluation Career Development Event. Matt Reese talked to Auston Dotterer after he won his proficiency award. Kolt Buchenroth talks to Olivia Pflaumer, Zane Trace. Kolt Buchenroth interviewed Luke Scott from Wynford. Brayden Sponcil, Felicity-Franklin, rocks the drums. The Felicity-Franklin FFA Chapter rocked the talent show. Kolesen McCoy was the candidate for National Officers from Ohio. Jackson Reppart Ridgemont sang in the National FFA Chorus. Fruit Production – Austin Dotterer, Smithville Dairy Production-Entrepreneurship – Rachel Sherman, Big Walnut-DACC Diversified Crop Production-Placement – Justin Scott, Indian Valley Agricultural Mechanics Repair and Maintenance-Placement – Andy Holscher, Upper Valley CC Dairy Production-Placement – Joanna Frankenberg, New Bremen Jacob Zajkowski, Anthony Wayne, won Plant Systems Division 3. Diversified Agricultural Production – Jacob Wuebker, Versailles Matt Reese talked to some of the State FFA officers. The Covington Chapter won the Model of Excellence award. The Covington Chapter won the Model of Excellence award.
We started this week’s One Million by One Million roundtable with a discussion of online advertising trends, looking at them from the perspective of cost-effective customer acquisition and brand building, as well as entrepreneurial opportunities. You can find more on the topic on my blog at Top 10 Online Advertising Trends For The Decade.While on this topic, I want to particularly emphasize the social media advertising trend, and my observation that the infrastructure to measure, analyze, optimize, and target is really wide open, and I’d like to hear from entrepreneurs working on the various nuances of that particular problem. My Facebook’s Strategy In Perspective piece has more on the issue.Next, we had two very interesting entrepreneurs. Meeting WaveFirst up today was John Boyd with MeetingWave, a social media platform that caters to university alumni associations and addresses the challenge of helping them create walled-garden professional and social networking groups under their own brand, as opposed to groups within Facebook or LinkedIn.John’s idea completely resonated with me, having run the MIT Club of Northern California’s Entrepreneurship program for many years, and being intimately involved with the inner workings of that alumni association (10,000 members).We discussed various segments for John’s go-to-market strategy and pricing model options. In particular, I saw a number of different strategies that John has been nibbling on: different segments, different delivery models (white label vs. MeetingWave branded domains), different pricing strategies. In my opinion, the strategy is too broad, and needs to be reined in, focused, and tighter. While I like the idea, I don’t as much like all the various options at this stage, because each has implications on the execution side, and leaving so many options open would mean the complexity of the business will simply be exponential, and thus the risk of failure will also be high.For example, instead of pursuing universities, trade show organizers, hotels, resorts, corporations, I am of the opinion that John should focus squarely on colleges and universities and their alumni associations for now. The rest can be on the back burner for the moment.RDimensioThen Umashankar Balasubramanian of RDimensio pitched an SMS-based classified service. Uma is a member of the 1M/1M premium program, and has already started validating his idea with several online classified players in India. He is using natural language processing to translate free text SMS queries to classified queries, and then translating the responses back to SMS format.Uma too has too many segments, and I asked him to focus 100% of his energy on online classified vendors, and forget newspapers (unless they also already have online classified offerings) and so forth. Instead, he should broaden his geographical scope to include international classified vendors. Also, I think Uma’s offering is under-priced, and I asked him to do some homework on pricing which I will review next week to advise him better on the pricing strategy.Interesting technology, and I will be working with him to build a comprehensive go-to-market strategy as part of the premium program.I have thought a lot about how to make an entrepreneurship education and eco-system scalable and accessible to a vastly larger number of people. The answer to that question, I believe, is the 1M/1M Premium Lounge. In fact, at a time when we’re facing severe youth unemployment in America and Europe, and the emerging markets are just starting to build their entrepreneurship eco-systems, we really need to think deeply on how more and more young people can be efficiently, rapidly and cost-effectively be trained in entrepreneurship.Yesterday, I posed two questions on my blog: one, to high school and college students as well as recent grads, asking how they were viewing this deep recession, and whether they are taking destiny in their own hands, starting companies, becoming entrepreneurs.And a second, to educators, teachers, and mentors in various schools, colleges, and universities who are preparing the youth to face a depressing job market, asking whether they are steering them towards entrepreneurship, and how.If any of you would like to participate in these discussions and help me with the research, please feel to comment on the issues. I will be writing more on the topics here and elsewhere. You can listen to the recording of today’s roundtable here. Recordings of previous roundtables are all available here. You can register for the next roundtable here. Sramana Mitra is the founder of the One Million by One Million (1M/1M), an educational and incubation program that aims to help one million entrepreneurs globally to reach $1 million in revenue and beyond, build $1 trillion in sustainable global GDP, and create 10 million jobs. She is a Silicon Valley serial entrepreneur and strategy consultant who writes the blog Sramana Mitra On Strategy, and is the author of the Entrepreneur Journeys book series and Vision India 2020. She has a master’s degree in electrical engineering and computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 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REAL ESTATE30% revenue growth1,19,153 new jobsJob seekers have never had it so good. From software to manufacturing, everyone is adding as many warm bodies as it can, making 2007 a landmark year in terms of job creation. Even though corporate India is faced with short-term pressures of rising input costs,,REAL ESTATE30% revenue growth1,19,153 new jobsJob seekers have never had it so good. From software to manufacturing, everyone is adding as many warm bodies as it can, making 2007 a landmark year in terms of job creation. Even though corporate India is faced with short-term pressures of rising input costs, high interest rates and a potential slowdown in demand, employment forecast for both the manufacturing and services sectors has never been this strong. Job seekers have never had it so good. From software to manufacturing, everyone is adding as many warm bodies as it can, making 2007 a landmark year in terms of job creation. Even though corporate India is faced with short-term pressures of rising input costs, high interest rates and a potential slowdown in demand, employment forecast for both the manufacturing and services sectors has never been this strong.IT & SERVICES35% revenue growthThe survey covered 114 units in thesector which employs 13,61,997 people.In 2007, it is expected to create…1,58,735 new jobsEmployment, as a measure of economic growth, has been on the uptick since 2004, but the activity has gained momentum over the last two years with companies adding capacities and increasing headcounts, thanks to rising domestic consumption. Projected to close the financial year with a growth rate of 9 per cent, India continues to be among the three fastest-growing economies in the world. Consequently, its contribution to global GDP is slated to increase from the present 6.2 per cent to 8.8 per cent by 2020. A lion’s share of this growth comes from the services and the manufacturing sectors, which have grown by over 11 per cent in 2006-07. With India gearing up to be a manufacturing hub for industries like textile, auto, steel and petroleum products, the war for talent is spilling on to the manufacturing sector as well.TEXTILE & GARMENTS20% revenue growthThe survey covered 109 units in thesector which employs 18,04,376 people.In 2007, it is expected to create…1,46,065 new jobsThe macro-environment may have turned tight with interest rates hardening, but there is little likelihood of a downturn in economic activity in the near future as companies are relying more on non-banking sources for their capital expenditure needs. As a result, higher interest rates are not expected to significantly impact investment and employment activity.The analysis by the Asian Development Bank, based on the numbers in the latest National Sample Survey Organisation (NSSO) report on employment, indicates that the employment growth rate has picked up from 1 per cent between 1993-94 and 1999-2000 to 2.8 per cent during 1999-2000 and 2004.TELECOM & LOGISTICS43% revenue growthThe survey covered 77 units in thesector which employs 29,16,629 people.In 2007, it is expected to create…93,936 new jobsManufacturing saw the steepest employment increase at 5.8 per cent, which was followed by services at 3.9 per cent. The higher employment rate in the economy has also benefited those with less than secondary school qualifications. In fact, those who have studied until middle school are the biggest gainers from the growth in employment, capturing 42 per cent of the 70 million jobs that came up between 1999-2000 and 2004. For those who are wondering where to look for that dream job, the wait ends now. Looking for a job won’t be akin to finding a needle in a hay stack. The INDIA TODAY-Ma Foi Employment Trends Survey puts 16 sectors under the scanner to understand how many people will be added in 2007. Market research agency TNS Mode surveyed 1,294 units across all major industry segments, geographical areas, size, class, and ownership types to get a fix on how many new jobs would be created.The results of the survey indicate employment in organised sector is growing rapidly, after years of stagnation. Corporate India is expected to create 8,22,456 new jobs in 2007, across 16 sectors. All the sectors will witness growth in employment, except the banking and finance verticals. This is mainly because private banks are riding high on retail business, while the growth of public sector banks has been significantly lower. The employment fall is most marked in this sector on account of VRS as well as attrition not compensated by increased hiring.advertisementMEDIA & ENTERTAINMENT20% revenue growthThis nascent sector of economy has seenphenomenal growth. In 2007, new channelsand radio stations are expected to create…20,000 new jobsThe star performer of India Inc for job creation is the IT and ITES sector, which will create the maximum jobs, followed by textile and garment manufacturing, real estate and construction, transport and communication. Explains Satish Pradhan, executive vice-president, group HR, Tata Sons, “There is a growth story unfolding in India and this growth has intensified due to industrialisation, driven by domestic and international consumption.” Currently, there are 150 million Indians at an approximate income level of Rs 1.5 lakh per annum and by 2011, over 750 million will be in this income slab, which will drive consumption considerably. This class, also known as the mass affluent Indians, is getting better jobs and fatter pay cheques. IT SERVICES & ITES: The year 2005 witnessed the coming of age of the Indian IT multinationals, with the traditionally Indiacentric, indigenous players beginning to build noticeable presence in other locations-through cross-border acquisitions, onshore contract wins and organic growth in other low-cost locations. In keeping with past trends, the biggest employment generator this year will be the IT-ITES sector. The industry is likely to record $47.8 billion in annual revenues in 2007, an increase of nearly 28 per cent, taking the sector’s contribution to overall GDP to 5.4 per cent from 4.8 per cent last year. Multinational companies have announced investments to the tune of $10 billion in 2006-07, which will be invested over the next few years. By 2010, the IT and ITES industries aim to grow to $60 billion, which will mean an addition of 5,00,000 new jobs over the next three years.AVIATION25% revenue growthIndia has added 135 new aircraft intwo years. In 2007, private airlinesare expected to create…8,000 new jobsAccording to the survey, this sector will add over 1,58,735 people over the next 12 months. However, increases in employment due to off shoring are not being adequately captured in this survey as some of that is through offshore arms of Indian multinationals. Be it Wipro or Cognizant, the fourth biggest IT services provider in India, almost every IT company is adding to its head-count. NASSCOM projections show that the employment base of the software sector will touch 1.6 million in 2007, with big boys of IT services and their business process outsourcing (BPO) arms recruiting generously.Cognizant plans to add a net of 17,200 professionals in calendar 2007, taking its global headcount to at least 56,000, from 38,800 in December 2006. Says Bhaskar Das, vice-president, HR: “Over 85 per cent of the hiring will happen in India, of both freshers and experienced professionals.” IT services companies typically look for engineers or science graduates at the entry level with a compensation of Rs 2.4 lakh per annum, while the lateral placements (that of experienced professionals) could range from project managers to vertical heads. IT services giant Wipro’s growth momentum is likely to be the same as last year. It recruited 15,000 people across its software and BPO businesses and Pratik Kumar, head of its HR, expects to add almost the same number this year.CHEMICALS & PHARMA10% revenue growthThe survey covered 174 units in thesector which employs 7,26,163 people.In 2007, it is expected to create…39,968 new jobsIn an industry where attrition is in the range of 14-20 per cent, recruitment is not easy. In order to find the right kind of people, Cognizant is aggressively following the employee-referral programme. Approximately 51 per cent of Cognizant’s lateral hiring last year came from this programme, which translates into more than 3,000 professionals joining from this route. Cognizant encourages its employees, to “bring in” their friends and peers, with incentives up to Rs 50,000.From malls to night clubs, the BPO firms are all over the place, looking for people. In order to shatter the college canteen atmosphere, companies like WNS have started the concept of familiarisation trips for potential employees so that they know what a BPO job means. Explains Anirudh Limaye, HR manager at WNS: “It is important for people to understand that this is a serious business and not about fun.”Thanks to the shortage of talented manpower, companies like Wipro are even hiring young science graduates and putting them on the job where they acquire software skills by day and attend lectures of BITS Pilani professors by night. At the end of four years, these science graduates not only have a job with Wipro but also have an engineering degree to boot.AUTOMOBILE & AUTO COMPONENTS: While the software growth story has been unfolding for a while, the next big story is automobiles and components. The survey estimates that this sector will see 20,946 new jobs in 2007. With India slated to become a large auto market and an export hub for small cars, the world’s leading automobile companies are setting up manufacturing facilities in India. At the end of 2004-05, the total sales of passenger vehicles-cars, utility vehicles and multi-utility vehicles- crossed the 1 million-mark to touch 1.06 million, with exports of 1,66,000 vehicles. According to estimates, India will take over Germany in sales volumes by 2010 and Japan by 2012. The Indian auto component industry is also estimated to grow exponentially over the next few years as the country emerges as a auto hub, due to its engineering skills.FMCG & DURABLES9% revenue growthThe survey covered 73 units in the sectorwhich employs 18,53,596 people. In2007, it is expected to create…56,801 new jobs advertisementadvertisementThe biggest recruiters in this sector will be the new automobile manufacturing facilities of domestic and global companies. The sector has seen two big joint ventures, new manufacturing facilities by leading auto companies and green-field plants by auto component makers like Bharat Forge. The Mahindra & Mahindra, Nissan and Renault joint venture will invest Rs 4,000 crore in a facility, which will produce cars at a plant near Chennai. The plant will produce models for all the three partners, with capacity to produce 4,00,000 cars and utility vehicles. The M&M-Renault venture will add about 2,000 people and most of the employees will either have engineering talent or line expertise. Bulk of the new employees will be at the entry level, graduate trainees, who will either be groomed for management positions for the flagship or they will be engineers and science students for Tech Mahindra. Says Rajiv Dubey, group human resource head: “The group is in an expansion phase and will be recruiting a large number of people. People for the auto joint venture would have to have production experience and engineering skills.”AUTO & COMPONENTS12% revenue growthThe survey covered 74 units in the sector which employs 4,88,072 people. In 2007, it is expected to create…20,946 new jobsAnother such ambitious joint venture is between the Tatas and Italian car giant Fiat. The alliance, with aggregate investments of over Rs 4,000 crore, will create a facility at Ranjangaon, Maharashtra, with capacities to produce in excess of 1,00,000 cars and 2,00,000 engines and transmissions yearly. Both Fiat and Tata vehicles will be manufactured at the same facility. Says Anurag Jain, managing director of the Rs 1,500-crore auto-component company Endurance Group: “Auto and auto components industry will need high quality talent in all areas ranging from design and development, manufacturing, quality to sales and marketing.” The bulk of recruitment will be in the junior and middle levels. Primarily, people with good technical trade skills as well as bright engineers are going to be in demand in this sector.Companies have tie-ups in place to create their own talent pipeline. Bharat Forge, for instance, has partnered with BITS Pilani and University of Warwick, UK, to help its employees attain degrees in manufacturing management. Not only do professors come down for weekend courses but employees are also given one week in a month off to study. All this is creating the stickiness for employees.MANUFACTURING: India’s brick and mortar sector is shining too. Be it petro products, garments, packaged foods or colas, all companies engaged in their production are on a hiring spree. According to the survey, companies producing beverages, cigarettes and food products will recruit over 56,901 people in this calendar year, while those in the manufacture of wood products, furniture, jewellery, sports goods will add 69,912 people.RETAIL & TRADE30% revenue growthThe survey covered 98 units in the sectorwhich employs 6,39,384 people. In2007, it is expected to create…48,705 new jobsFor the first time in the last 10 years, industrial growth in India has exceeded 10 per cent. Also, for the first time ever, the manufacturing rate of growth has exceeded 12 per cent in six months (April-September 2006). Manufacturing accounts for about 80 per cent of India’s industrial production, while mining and electricity account for approximately 10 per cent each. Consumer durables and non-durables have also shown record upward trends. Consumer goods have recorded a high growth of 12.5 per cent with 12.6 per cent growth in durables and 12.5 per cent growth in non-durables. All these figures are now adding up to new jobs in each of these sectors.Besides consumption-led growth, job creation is expected to get a boost by the numerous special economic zones (SEZs) that are coming up. According to a study conducted by the Associated Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ASSOCHAM) and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC), SEZs are the best tools to improve India’s social and industrial infrastructure. Close to 30 SEZs are already operational which provide direct employment to 0.15 million people and indirect employment to many more.Reliance Industries, the biggest player in the petrochemicals and petroleum business and a promoter of two big SEZs, plans to aggressively recruit for its new refinery coming up in Jamnagar by 2008. The new refinery, which is an SEZ, will add about 2,200 people in 2007. Says V.V. Bhatt, HR head: “Over the last few months, Reliance has added over 2,800 people and we will add about 5,000 people this year. We have a bias for engineers, so the new positions too will look at engineering talent or science graduates who we can train.” The group, which is also facing the heat of attrition, offers a massive project completion bonus to employees engaged in new projects, which is double their annual salaries. This apart, Reliance is also setting up an engineering college in Gujarat, which will be a deemed university and will supply manpower.REAL ESTATE & CONSTRUCTION: A sunrise sector, it has billions of dollars in investments. Research estimates say that Indian real estate market is expected to grow from the current $14 billion to $102 billion in the next 10 years. According to ICICI Bank, the main growth thrust is due to favourable demographics, increasing purchasing power, existence of customer-friendly banks and housing finance companies, professionalism in real estate and favourable reforms initiated by the Government to attract global investors. “For auto JV, people must have engineering skills.”Rajiv Dubey Group HR Head, M&M “Growth has intensified due to consumption.”Satish Pradhan Executive V-P, Group HR, Tata Sons Indian real estate has huge potential in almost every sector, be it commercial, residential, retail, industrial, hospitality or healthcare. Commercial office space requirement is led by the burgeoning outsourcing and IT industry. Estimated demand from IT/ITES sector alone is expected to be 150 million sq ft of space across major cities by 2010. In residential sector, there is a housing shortage of 19.4 million units out of which 6.7 million are in urban India. The increase in purchasing power and exposure to organised retail have redefined the consumption pattern and as a result the country has experienced mushrooming of retail projects. All this means more jobs. The industry would require individuals with finance, marketing and communications. The sector will see employment creation to the tune of 1,19,153, a huge number after IT and ITES sector. And for those interested in a career in real estate, the Promoters and Builders’ Association of Poona is setting up an academy that will train and assist individuals as well as existing developers, who wish to professionalise their operations.RETAIL: It is the next big thing in India, with the Birlas, the Ambanis and the Mittals getting into it. The good news is that it will also be people-intensive. Till recently, the sector was a chaotic mix of mom-pop shops and branded outlets. In 2000, global management consultancy AT Kearney estimated that it would grow to Rs 8,00,000 crore by 2005-an annual increase of 20 per cent. As of now, only Rs 20,000 crore of the market is organised which means there is huge potential. According to another study conducted by CRISIL Research and Information Services, the organised retail industry in India is expected to grow 25-30 per cent annually and will triple in size from Rs 35,000 crore in 2004-05 to Rs 1,09,000 crore by 2010. “We will double employee strength by 2008.”Sanjay Jog HR Head, Future GroupWith players like the Future Group doubling their stores from 150 to 350 in tier II and tier III cities by 2008, the need for manpower will only increase. “We will double employee strength from 17,000 to 34,000 by 2008,” says Sanjay Jog, HR head at the group. This is one industry that recruits maximum at the shop floor level. For its management needs, retail industry is recruiting from business schools like Welingkars, which are offering retail specific courses. All eyes are now set on the Reliance Group, which currently has 80 stores operational across Hyderabad, NCR, Jaipur, Ranchi, Chennai and now Bangalore. The company aims to recruit over five lakh employees by 2010.Aditya Birla Group and Bharti are finalising plans for their roll-out. This should drive recruitment higher by 2007-end. The need for talent is not only at the managerial level but also at the store level. With most retailers looking at managing exhaustive cold chains to feed their stores, people with agricultural degrees and plantation experience will be sought-after. For instance, the Future Group has tied up with universities and colleges that offer specialisation in agricultural business in Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand and Punjab. All this opens up huge potential in the logistics sector which will manage the supply chain for retail outlets.It is not just IT and brick and mortar companies which are on the hunt. Emerging sectors too are big employers. With new airports and airlines, the booming aviation industry will absorb thousands of trained professionals as the country’s fleet strength increases to 500-550 by 2010. Add the hospitality sector which is riding piggy back on aviation. With occupancy levels touching 75 per cent as foreign tourist arrivals record the 4.5 millionmark, the sector too is on an expansion spree. With new budget and luxury spas on the planning boards, recruitment will only spiral. Keeping in line with India’s demographics, sectors like entertainment and media are expected to boom to cater to the 500 million youngsters. India is already the third largest television market in the world and will only grow. By the end of 2007, 600 radio stations will be on air across 100-odd cities, requiring at least 20,000 professionals only for these stations.It is a good time to be young and in the job market. Boom Town rapClick here to EnlargeSurvey MethodologyThe SurveyTNS Mode conducted a survey of 1,294 units across all major industry segments, geographical areas, size class, and ownership types. It involved both visits and telephonic conversations with senior HR managers and in some cases CEOs of the firms.Data SourcesData from various sources have been used for this study. Historical data on the manufacturing sector have been culled from various rounds of the Annual Survey of Industries and publications of the Central Statistical Organisation. In some cases, industry association data have also been used. This has been supplemented and crosschecked with data from sources such as the Statistical Outline of India, data from various surveys of the National Sample Survey Organisation and Labour Statistics of India.The above sources have the advantage of almost universal coverage of the organised sector within their specific domains. However, they suffer from two significant gaps. First, most of these secondary sources are not up-to-date. To make data more up-to-date, figures on output growth from IIP as well as sectoral GDP were used to supplement that data. Second, areas such as health, education, and other such services are not covered by any data source with universal coverage. Therefore, some sectors have had to be left out from the analysis frame. Efforts are currently on to find solutions to these data gaps such that future METS have universal coverage of the organised sector in India. Once estimates of employment as of December 2006 are obtained, estimates drawn from a primary survey conducted on organised sector establishments during December 2006 and early January 2007 on their expectations related to employment increases are used.