5 Oct 2016

Green Jobs in Uttarakhand: How Centum Created Opportunities For Youth via New Skilling Courses

The state of Uttarakhand is appreciated for its scenic beauty. However, it is also known to be a state where the youth face challenges due to lack of employment and learning opportunities. A significant step to remove this challenge was initiated in October 2016 when Centum Learning partnered Uttarakhand Skill Development Mission (UKSDM) to set up a Multi-Skill Development Centre for to provide training for Green jobs. The center is expected to play a significant role in enabling and mobilizing Uttarakhand youth to make them employable and work ready.

The Centum Multi-Skill Development Centre will offer skilling in only one job role – Solar Photo-Voltaic Installer – ‘Suryamitra’ which has a very high demand in the market. The ‘Suryamitra job role’ comes under ‘Green jobs’ that contribute to preserve or restore the environment. It is the need of the hour as the renewable energy sector is likely …

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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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6 Jun 2012

Key Strategic Partnerships in Skill Development

Sanjeev Duggal, Co-Chair FICCI Skill Development Forum and CEO & Director, Centum Learning recently addressed a focus group  in the area of Skill Development on evolving key strategic partnerships with Burton & South Derbyshire College (BSDC) UK.

Some of the key issues discussed at the forum include:

· Availability of skilled trainers
· Quality control of assessors verifiers
· Creating a pool of people who can write competency based content  localized to Indian context
· Availability of course content in vernacular languages
· Sectoral development of pool of skill instructors…

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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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8 Feb 2012

Skilling India : Mission Possible

Decades back, Mahatma Gandhi said, “The soul of India lives in its villages”. It’s true & even more crucial today. While India’s economic progress has happened in few cities & select metros, the potential & opportunity at the bottom of pyramid – the rural market is now waiting to be harnessed. Economists, marketers, educationists, corporate houses and even the government machinery have taken cognizance of this huge opportunity, which has pushed skill development at the forefront of nation building.

500 million to be skilled by 2022 – is a huge mandate and cannot be accomplished by various stakeholders individually. As India wakes up to the urgent need of skilled workers, efforts are being made to hasten the initiatives in the field of skills development and vocational training. According to a Planning Commission report, at present, only 10 per cent of the workforce in the country has some form of …

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