Cooperative VET models: Bridging the Skill Gap in India to Boost Employability

  • 29 May, 2019
  • Bangalore

To capitalise on its growing demographic dividend, India needs to equip its youth with the right set of skills. With this aim in mind, the Indo-German Programme on Vocational Education and Training (IGVET) through its pilot initiatives in the electronic city of India - Bengaluru went ahead to make a difference in the life of the local youth. In addition to the support provided to the local state government on policy recommendations, the project executed two pivotal initiatives in this cluster:

  • Commencing the newly introduced Dual System Training (DST) that involves a batch of students undergoing theoretical training at Industrial Training Institutes (ITI) followed by on-the-job training in the local industry.
  • Organising career guidance and counselling workshops for the ITI students in and around the Bengaluru city. Till date, more than 1200 students have been advised on apprenticeship training opportunities in the local SMEs and their career path in these industries.

With a focus on deriving key learnings from the project activities steered in collaboration with industry associations ELCIA, KASSIA and BCIC in Karnataka, a meeting was conducted on 27 May 2019 in Bengaluru with all the relevant stakeholders – central govt. and state govt., industry associations, their member companies, implementation partners and student trainees. The meeting was attended by Ms. Juthika Patankar, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Government of India, Mr. Sanjay Kumar, DGET, Mr. Surajit Roy, NSDC and Mr. PK Nagaraj, Govt. of Karnataka.

Representatives from the govt. and private sector discuss key learnings from pilot measures implemented in Bengaluru

Apprentices employed in member companies share their learning experiences

A significant interaction occurred between the trainees who opted for apprenticeship after career counselling and are currently engaged by member companies of industrial associations and the representatives. The apprentices spoke about their experiences emphasising on the difference between learning at ITIs and the marked improvement they have experienced in their skills whilst undergoing DST.

As a next step, a cluster wise demand and supply mapping would be conducted in collaboration with the skill development units of micro, small and medium enterprises. An increased engagement of the state government in implementing skilling initiatives is also expected.

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