Creating a Job-Ready Workforce: Indo-German Cooperation in Vocational Education and Training

  • 10-24 November, 2019
  • Mumbai
GIZ, NSDC and IGCC Join Hands to Promote Apprenticeship in India
The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) in cooperation with the Indo-German Chamber of Commerce (IGCC) organised a workshop as a part of ‘Apprenticeship Pakhwada’ on 24 October 2019 in Mumbai at the Sofitel Mumbai BKC. The ‘Apprenticeship Pakhwada’ is an initiative of the Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship (MSDE) aimed at driving widespread awareness of apprenticeship. The workshop hosted German and international corporates and representatives from the NSDC and the Government with the aim of sharing of information about apprenticeship and enabling reforms, policies and programs. It offered a platform for all participants to discuss potential partnerships for bridging the skill and employment gap in the country.


Mr Noor Naqschbandi, Cluster Coordinator of the Private Sector Development Cluster in GIZ, opened the proceedings with stressing the importance of public and private stakeholders talking with each other and collaborating to make change happen. He said that Business Membership Organisations (BMOs) play a vital role in strengthening the capacities of member companies. He added that SMEs and MSMEs are the backbone of the country, in India as well as in Germany. Special guest from MSDE, Ms. Anita Srivastava, Joint Director Apprenticeship, highlighted the recent initiatives by the MSDE and drew parallels between the modern apprenticeship program with the Guru-Shishya Pramapara (the teacher-pupil tradition in India). Ms Marja Einig, Deputy Consul General, German Consulate Mumbai, praised the winners of the World Skills Competition from India, where four Indians won prizes including the first gold medal for the country. She highlighted the challenges of skilling in India as well as the opportunities it presents. She said that every skilled person is a role model and a multiplier effect in her community.

Mr Surajit Roy, Head Apprenticeship, NSDC said that this was the first workshop of its kind in the Apprenticeship Pakhwada for International and German companies. He described the current and recently updated rules and norms of the Apprenticeship Act and highlighted that they are industry friendly and easy to implement. He added that they have moved from a regulatory approach to one of ownership by industry.
Nika Gupta, Head Operations & Training, RASCI (Retailers Association’s Skills Council of India) described the recent launch of “3 year Degree Apprenticeship Program in Retail Operations” under the aegis of MSDE, MHRD, NSDE and facilitated by RASCI in 4 locations i.e. Mumbai, Pune, Chandigarh and Jaipur with Industry-Academia collaboration to create Industry ready talent pool at supervisory cadre post course completion.  
The team from Indo-German Programme for Vocational Education and Training (IGVET) at GIZ presented details of their programme to bring together private and public sector actors to build an ecosystem to establishing and improving a cooperative workplace-based VET system.
Isabell Jenninger, Head of DUALpro, the VET service brand of the Indo-German Chamber of Commerce (IGCC), advocated an integration of system elements of German dual VET into Apprenticeship Programs can enhance the effectiveness and quality of such programs and called for a cooperation between German and Indian counterparts.

In his closing remarks, Mr. Jan Ebben compared the apprenticeship program in India and Germany and brought out the common elements to encourage German and International companies to implement apprenticeship in their organisations.
The Indo-German Programme for Vocational Education and Training (IGVET) on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) supports the Indo-German cooperation to establish a cooperative vocational education and training system in India where the private sector takes the lead in the design and implementation of VET programmes.

IGVET with the support of the Indian Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) focuses on introducing the Dual VET system, facilitating public-private partnerships and piloting different VET models across regional and sectoral clusters to identify models that can be scaled and replicated.

About GIZ
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH is a German federally-owned public benefit enterprise, working in the field of international cooperation for sustainable development in over 120 countries. In India, GIZ has been working for over 60 years, jointly with partners for sustainable economic, ecological, and social development. GIZ is contributing to some of the most significant initiatives of the Indian Government - including Smart Cities, Clean India Mission and Skill India.

About NSDC
The National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) is a not-for-profit public limited company set up by the Ministry of Finance as a Public Private Partnership (PPP) model. The objective of the NSDC is to contribute significantly to the overall target of up-skilling people in India, mainly by fostering private sector initiatives in skill development programmes and to provide funding.

About IGCC
Founded in 1956, the Indo-German Chamber of Commerce is the representation of the German economy in India and the first point of contact for Indian organisations trading with Germany. Having been active for more than 25 years in the field of dual vocational education, the IGCC functions as a knowledge hub and platform for the German dual VET system in India.

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