6 May 2013

Vocational Education: Increasing the desirability quotient

Indian Education Congress 2013: ‘Vocational Education: Re-defining what it means to be “degreed”. Kamini Prasad, COO, Professional Education & Training, Centum Learning, represented Centum Learning at ‘India Education Congress 2013’ held in Faridabad on May 3rd, 2013, where she shared her perspective on ‘Vocational Education: Re-defining what it means to be “degreed”.

Thought leaders from the industry and eminent educationists discussed & deliberated upon the issues and concerns facing the vocational education domain. The foremost challenge impending future of vocational education in India, even after the sector witnessing considerable policy and institutional push, is the desirability quotient amongst its key stakeholders. The 64% of Indian population which is certain to comprise the potential workforce of the nation for the next 2 decades doesn’t perceive a career in Vocational space to be lucrative enough or even respectable for that matter! To add to the woes, the employers and the industry on a whole are invariably reluctant to value and reward the skilled workforce.

It is logical to derive that the entire ecosystem of vocational education needs to be aligned to achieve the basic ideals of differential pay for skilled workforce, minimum lead time between training and employment, quality in training and consistency across systems. Skill training providers may consider working backwards, taking cues from industry requirements and creating skilled talent pool to be readily absorbed by the industry. Industry, on the other hand can contribute by differential pay and rewards for the skilled workforce and continuously measuring impact in RoI on hiring skilled workforce.

Centum Learning, owing to its trusted expertise in training and skill development domain has been a coveted partner to leading Industry players in creating a ready pool of trained people for the organizations.

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