India’s workforce is growing, and a skilled workforce is essential for its growth. Apprenticeships are increasingly being seen as a way of raising the skill levels of the workforce. Enhancing the participation of private sector in apprenticeship programmes requires collaboration and coordination between all key stakeholders at the local level. It was with this precise objective that IGVET, CII and NSDC joined hands to effectively engage with all stakeholders including the industry associations, their member companies, training partners, Sector Skill Councils, and State Skill Development Missions, across India.
In this spirit, the Indo-German Programme for Vocational Education and Training (IGVET) organized the “Skill Connect” roadshow intended to enhance engagement within key stakeholders in promoting apprenticeship programmes. A total of 19 workshops were conducted in 14 states that reached more than 1650 participants from more than 450 companies aiming at enhancing awareness about state and central level skill initiatives, informing on how employers can leverage the benefits that come with their participation in the apprenticeship scheme, gathering inputs about the current availability of skilled manpower at the cluster level, sharing best practices, both international and from the Indian industry associations and assessing the support required by the industry associations in facilitating apprenticeship training in amongst their member companies.
It brought together companies from the automotive, infrastructure, manufacturing, retail, healthcare and textile sector having a potential of recruiting more than 180,000+ potential apprenticeships. The maximum demand in apprentice roles were identified by companies in the textile sector.
By means of interactive discussions, the participants were able to determine two focus areas – identification of job roles in companies including the number of apprentices required for the roles and support required for enabling the companies to effectively participate in apprenticeships. An emphasis was given to in-company training, training of in-company trainers and the role of chambers in implementing the vocational training.
As an example, KASSIA, Karnataka Small Scale Industries Association shared their initiatives in skilling youth and projected the potential to recruit more than 40,000 apprentices per year amongst their member companies. The possibility of SMEs to join hands for aggregating the apprentice demands was also highlighted.
Mr. Dharmendra Pradhan, Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, calling for industry participation towards apprenticeship training
Participants identifying on-the-ground challenges with regards to the implementation of apprenticeship across the country
The insights gained from the roadshow would be used by IGVET for expansion and upscaling of cooperative VET models in new industry clusters and enable more industry associations to become professional skill development service providers.
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