GIZ - NSDC - CII partner to implement Skill Connect Road Show

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Union Minister of Petroleum & Natural Gas and Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, Dharmendra Pradhan inaugurates Skill Connect Road Shows in New Delhi.

Engaging industry to redress both sides of the skills mismatch coin: relevance and quality of training; National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) in collaboration with Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) has launched Skill Connect Road Show — a programme to drive awareness and participation towards the Skill India agenda; with a special focus on apprenticeship.

Hon’ble Minister of Petroleum & Natural Gas and Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, Shri Dharmendra Pradhan today launched Skill Connect Road Show in New Delhi. Preparing a blueprint to achieve enhanced participation of industry associations, the program will be rolled out as a Road Show series, holding seminars and briefing sessions in more than 22 locations across India.  The agenda includes creating awareness about various State and Central level skill initiatives amongst industries.  The program will follow multi-pronged approach to increase workplace productivity and employability through partnership between the Government and the employers; gain industry’s support in skill and knowledge development; and improve economic and cultural barriers to apprenticeships.

Launching Skill Connect, Shri Dharmendra Pradhan, Minister for Petroleum & Natural Gas and Minister for Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, Government of India, said, “Launching Skill Connect, Shri Dharmendra Pradhan, Minister for Petroleum & Natural Gas and Minister for Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, Government of India, said, “To achieve a higher growth trajectory we need a more productive skilled workforce. National projects like Make in India need makers in India. While Germany has a three layered education system where industry and government work closely with each other and 70 percent of contribution is made by the industry, India has maximum investment from the government exchequer. The emphasis on quality manpower is only when it comes to personal services but not when it comes to the industry. There is a generic mindset issue where we usually compromise on the workforce efficiency to save on cost. We need to address this behavioral pattern of the industry and start investing in our country’s youth which will create the New India of our dreams.”

Shri Pradhan added, ‘India has abundance of natural resources, tremendous knowledge capacity and a huge captive market. Unless we create quality workforce we cannot realise the benefits. We can be self-sufficient if we tap the right opportunities and skill our own workforce to bridge this demand and supply gap. Apprenticeship is one the most sustainable model for addressing the issue of unemployment and employability. I urge the industry to come forward and leverage these reforms and contribute to the economic growth of the country.”

Mr. Chandrajit Banerjee, Director General, CII, said, “Right from pushing for Amendment in the Apprenticeship Act to encouraging Industry to engage apprentices, CII has been working towards supporting both ends of the spectrum. At CII we understand that there is a great need for hand-holding of industry particularly MSMEs to participate in the Apprenticeship Program and towards this we are giving a 360-degree hand holding support to the ministry.”

Mr Noor Naqschbandi, Programme Director, GIZ India, underlined the importance of the road show, hoping to attract more participants from the industry in addressing the cooperative VET. The Indo-German programme on Vocational Education and Training (IGVET) focuses on developing cooperative VET models based on the experiences gained in industrial clusters. Through this road show, IGVET intends to strengthen the cooperative VET as important part of the ecosystem.

The Skill Connect Road Shows will cover various regional and sectoral clusters and aim to assimilate improved knowledge of the demand-supply gap, current employment needs and futuristic jobs so that government and the industry associations can agree on joint solutions to create impact at the national, industry and company levels.  The initiative supports innovative approach to share best practices with national and international organisations.