Building an Effective Skill System in India: Private Sector-Led Pilot Measures Forms the Ground for Policy Guidance

  • 25 February, 2019
  • New Delhi

With the evolving dynamics of the job market around the globe, India needs qualified workers with the right set of skills for its economic development. The current education system does not align with the needs of businesses, because of which many students lack the soft skills and hard skills required to work in the industry.

To address these challenges, the Indo-German Programme for Vocational Education and Training (IGVET) works towards improving the workplace-based cooperative VET system. The project engages with Business Member Organisations (BMOs) in six different industrial clusters throughout India and supports them to identify skill demands, facilitate collaboration with public actors, design industry-led trainings, raise the quality of trainings, facilitate career guidance programs and match companies and learners for apprenticeships.

The various pilot measures carried out by IGVET now form the basis for the development of reform proposals and policy recommendations to the Indian Government both at national and state level.

To discuss the key recommendations and further optimise the project strategies, the Project Steering Committee (PSC) comprising of key stakeholders from the IGVET, Government of India and industry partners met recently and reviewed the project planning activities for 2019. The committee acts as a platform to create synergies related to interventions and reforms in the Indian skill ecosystem.

Mr Per Borjegren, Team Leader, IGVET meets the participants of an on-the-job training in Aurangabad

In the PSC meeting, the Committee Chair, Ms Juthika Patankar, Additional Secretary of the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) pointed out how the project is encouraging Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) to be active stakeholders in the Indian skill ecosystem. Mr Rajesh Aggarwal, Director General of Directorate General of Training (DGT) stated that the project should continue sharing good quality learning materials on a regular basis and explore piloting both long-term and short-term trainings.

Based on the dialogue, IGVET would be closely working with the DGT in the implementation of the World Bank funded ‘STRIVE’ project aimed at improving the quality of long-term vocational training provided in Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) and apprenticeships. Also, focus on adapting the German model of ‘Masters’ for in-company training, and in doing so create valuable insights for the development of teacher’s training within the ‘SANKALP’ project targeting skills acquisition and livelihood promotion.

The IGVET aims to achieve a systemic change towards a demand-led skill system where the role of the private sector is crucial. In the upcoming PSC meetings, there would be an increased focus on the lessons learned from the implementation and the reform proposals.

The IGVET Project Steering Committee elaborate on lessons learned and future activities

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