24 Aug 2012

Skilling Development – What’s the right model for India?

Is India ready to take advantage of its demographic dividend? Is the industry ready to absorb vocationally skilled workforce? Do we have a performance appraisal mechanism for blue collar workforce? These are few of the many ideas that were discussed and debated at the recently concluded conference on skill development organized by the People Matters magazine and NSDC.

Our society is in a mode of social transformation. We still like to be served. When we go to a shopping mall, we still look forward to a customer care executive to hand out products to us, though they are out there on display! We are working without a framework between education and vocational skills. There aren’t any models that we can say are best for India. Models in India will take a long time to evolve.

However, there has to be a balance between money and the social cause. All …

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10 Aug 2012

Challenge in Skill Development

We recently conducted a poll on LinkedIn page on the topic “What do you think is the biggest challenge in skill development” and here is a snapshot of the response the poll generated. Do you think differently? Do you have a point of view on this? Share your comments/ feedback?

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3 May 2012

Sustainable & Scalable Skills Development

Mapping job opportunities with relevant skill sets linked to employability is the only way India can unlock the potential of its young workforce and address the skills challenge India faces today. While the Indian job market is buoyant and positive, the youth in rural areas are often alienated from the mainstream development because they are either unemployed or underemployed. 

Exploring at a micro level, one may find depressing realities which are hampering the success of the skills initiatives being run at multiple levels in the country. To name a few, the unwillingness of the young men & women to relocate from their native place for employment, inability & unwillingness to cope with cultural changes, lack of career aspirations, etc continue to plague the skill initiatives. In the same context, the Industry also fails to recruit and retain the skilled youth because of inadequate salary structures, work facilities and so on.…

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