Skilling plays a pivotal role in sustainable employment

DECCAN CHRONICLE
Published Dec 4, 2018, 3:06 pm IST
Updated Dec 4, 2018, 3:18 pm IST
Lack of skilled labor to perform a specialized job where even computers fail to successfully perform the job.
Dr. Rajendra Kumar Joshi.
 Dr. Rajendra Kumar Joshi.

A sustainable employment in easy words is referred to extent of which workers are able and willing to remain productive in their respective jobs.  This requires continuous upgrade in workers’ skills and upskill them to latest technology in machining and systems.

Equip yourself professionally or you will be outrun by millennials who are not only obsessed with their work, but are updating their skill sets while on the job. In this do-or-die situation that is galvanizing in India, gen next is busy working and at the same time polishing their knowledge and latest developments in their respective fields.

 

Many on-the-job workers are now taking courses either online or physically attending skills courses offered by mushrooming skill universities.  And why not? It is definitely a chance to not only better you job prospects, but also because gives you an edge over others gunning for your designation.

It is dog-eat-dog phase that we are all going through. Be it electrical, mechanical, IT sectors, media or any other sector you are in. Companies are now concentrating on providing refreshment course for their employees to keep abreast with new developments in all fields. Many are of the view that learning new or related skills lead to organizational development. It is a win-win situation for both employers and employees.

There are many skill development universities that offer just exactly that. To give a push to the skilling ecosystem, the government has proposed establishing the National Council for Vocational Education & Training, along with skills universities that will offer degrees like master and bachelor of skills. According to the draft norms, the universities will have specialized skill training labs, studios and centers of excellence developed in collaboration with industry. They will also have a counseling cell to assess the aptitude of students prior to their enrolment in a skill-based programme, apart from career counseling during their course.

Challenges faced

Employment is at a low in our present economy. One of the best way is to develop and thrive in a particular skill according to your aptitude and qualification. This is where India’s domination over other countries lies. Some of the problems faced by the younger generation are:

Lack of specialisation courses in mainstream colleges and universities

Inability to focus on a particular skill

Lack of skilled labor to perform a specialized job where even computers fail to successfully perform the job.  One of the example being the paint shop in a factory like Rolls Royce where the final process is taken care by humans and not robots.

Some of the major skill universities that provide best courses in skill development are Teamlease Skills University, Bhartiya Skill Development University Jaipur, Centurian University, Seacom Skill University etc.  Some of the universities like Bhartiya Skill Development University Jaiur provide multiple entry and exit points during the course of B.Voc & M.Voc. where students after completion of every semester in six months can either continue with the course or can join job and later come whenever they feel need to upskill themselves and complete bachelor’s and master’s degree.

Some of the latest courses on offer are:

Entrepreneurship Skills: This course will inculcate the positive attitude, business culture and empower the students to start their own micro enterprise.  The role of skill development universities does not end by just equipping students with all necessary skills but also to provide proper mentoring and handholding support after completion of the course.

Machine learning and AI Skills:  Students having skills in Machine Learning and AI are being placed in all industries, big or small, including computing and software industries like IBM, Cisco, Wipro, HCL etc.

Automotive Skills : There are a number of top automobile companies running their operations in India, which again have a range of models in different segments of cars.

Electrical Course: A person with electrical skills can be employed in any Computer, Electronics & communication, Instrumentation and control, robotics, mechanical industry, etc.

HVAC and Refrigeration:  Commercial refrigeration is a growing industry with major players in the fray. Be it air conditioners, coolers, freezing rooms and vegetable coolers, as well as warehouse air conditioning, cold storage, and so forth.

Manufacturing Skills: Students having skills in manufacturing are being placed in all industries, big or small, including engineering tools industry, automobile parts manufacturers, machine tools manufacturers, metal tooling industries, etc. and are handling responsible positions such as that of a supervisor for a manufacturing / fitting section, Maintenance specialist, Quality specialist, Production supervisor / planner / agent.

In a nutshell, skills development needs to be a priority to arm youngsters with the required qualifications and experience. It is important to change mindset and focus on job opportunities for this generation so that India not only leads in providing sustainable employment which in turn can contribute to a healthy economy.

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