More than 250 million young people are expected to join the Indian workforce in the next 15 years. At the same time, the Indian labor market and its skilling ecosystem will be heavily influenced by the emergence of Industry 4.0 as well as digital methods that can be used for vocational training.
In order to discuss these demographic and technological developments and to design our future activities accordingly, the Indo-German Programme for Vocational Education and Training (IGVET) hosted the event “Skilling India in a Digital Age” from 3 - 7 December 2018 in New Delhi. Project stakeholders from the Government, industrial associations, companies and skill training providers came together for workshops and panel discussions, intended to shape future collaboration opportunities and spur further discussion.
Key partners of the project came together for strategic workshops
Juthika Patankar, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, speaking about “Skilling India for the Future of Jobs”
Keynote speaker Dr. Bornali Bhandari, National Council of Applied Economic Research, presented key findings from their recently published report “Skilling India – No Time to Lose” and highlighted the objective to “make India rich before it gets old”. To accomplish this goal, the bilateral project for vocational training focuses on strengthening the partnership between public and private actors, in order to implement an industry led bottom-up approach that will lead to a more demand-oriented, cooperative workplace-based vocational education and training (VET) system.
A panel discussion with high-level representatives of academia, industry and the Government focused on sharpening the specific role different stakeholders could play and how collaboration could be improved, to jointly assure high quality in vocational training. The political partner of the project, the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, was represented by the Additional Secretary Ms. Juthika Patankar.
The event resulted in several outcomes that will shape the future activities of IGVET. One achievement is the constitution of three working groups that agreed to deal with important aspects related to developing cooperative VET in India: improving the public-private partnership, attracting the right candidates and ensuring high quality of cooperative VET.
Participants of the workshop developing a roadmap for 2019 to assure quality in cooperative VET
A participant trying out virtual reality solutions for vocational training
Interactive workshops on innovative technologies that may radically change the future of vocational training inspired ideas about potential pilot projects in the upcoming year. A world where transformation is happening at a rapid pace, Virtual Reality (VR) offers an immersive learning experience for students while blockchain may for example redefine the trust in the system of accreditation. IGVET is planning to incorporate VR solutions and blockchain technology in vocational training for next year.
Currently, the IGVET project is piloting the German Dual VET model in three industrial clusters in Aurangabad, Bangalore and Bhiwadi. The learnings gained on the ground will be used for further replication and up-scaling in other regions and industrial sectors in the upcoming year.
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