30 May 2012

India’s Demographic Challenge in Skills Development

India has 1.2 billion population that’s expected to surpass China by 2030. By 2020, the average age in India will be only 29 years, compared with 37 in China and the United States, 45 in Western Europe, and 48 in Japan. Moreover, 70 percent of Indians will be of working age in 2025, up from 61 percent now. India will be the largest contributor to the global workforce, with working-age population (15-59) likely to swell from 749 million to 962 million over 2010 to 2030. Against this backdrop,, Shashi Kanth S. S., COO, Centum WorkSkills India shared his views on the demographic challenges in Skills Development at a conference organized by US India Business Council on the theme – Creating a 21st Century Knowledge Economy’.

Shashi Kanth, COO Centum WorkSkills India shared his views on various challenges in India’s skill development including: regional demographic diversity, lack of mainstreaming of vocational education and non- availability of skills instructors and shared how Centum WorkSkills is working on a scalable model whereby each of these challenges in the skill development will be addressed to make the large, available skill force employable.


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