New Skills for New Technologies: Successful Measures Form the Ground for a pan-India Replication

  • 30 April, 2019
  • Pan-India

Today, India needs more than ever an effective cooperative vocational education and training (VET) system so that the ‘demographic dividend’ does not become a ‘demographic bomb’.

The Indo-German Programme for Vocational Education and Training (IGVET) implements pilot measures across six different industrial clusters in India, to improve the Indian skill system according to latest standards. On 30 April 2019, the members of the IGVET Project Steering Committee (PSC) visited one of the clusters in Bhiwadi, Rajasthan to discuss and learn about the impact achieved in uPVC windows and doors manufacturing sector.

Key stakeholders of the project visit the training centre to talk to students about their experiences and benefits from the uPVC Window and Door Fabrication training program

In this cluster, the project has successfully introduced various measures like development of teaching and learning material, training program for in-company trainers, design of new curriculum, and completion of the six-month course on uPVC window and door fabrication. As on date, 100 percent of the first batch of students have been employed. A new two-year course on uPVC Door and Window Making & Glazier Technology will be launched soon. The project also introduced a virtual reality solution as a part of the teaching and learning material.

A participant from the project steering committee experiments with a virtual reality solution for the uPVC Door and Window Manufacturing course

Mr Mario Schmidt, President, UWDMA explains the steps involved in training of windows and doors fabrication

The Indian Government recognises Bhiwadi cluster as a successful example of a cooperative VET model. This has been achieved through close cooperation amongst the local business member organisation (uPVC Window and Door Manufacturers Association - UWDMA), its member companies and the government.

Based on the learnings, the Government now plans to incorporate this form of employer-led and demand driven skill training within India’s formal vocational training and education system.

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