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Knowledge paper on skill development in India: Learner first - What is the way forward - EY - India

Knowledge paper on skill development in India: Learner first

What is the way forward?

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The need of the hour is to synergize the efforts and resources to provide a feasible platform for vocational education and skill development.

In India, both the government sector and the private sector have realized the critical role education plays in building skilled manpower and in turn boosting economic growth.

Some of the recommended steps that the government can take to make skill training fully inclusive and achieve the training targets:

  • The government provides substantial support to formal education at the school level. Along with formal education, the next reasonable action, the government can take is to provide financial support to vocational training.
  • Women participation in vocational education and training is especially low as compared to men. In order to increase enrolments, the combined efforts with local NGOs and panchayats on informing women and their families on the advantages of vocational education, which may lead to employability, is very important.
  • The current vocational education and training facilities can be improved tremendously by setting standards, certifications and guidelines on the syllabi being taught, the teaching faculty and training institutes will lead to a more organized system.
  • An option to establish a regional Career and Counseling Window where professional expertise may be provided to explore its own potential and deliver to society in the most proficient manner. The Career and Counseling Window may be developed at a district level with a pool of professionals from the field of psychology and skill planning to support the initiative.

Delivery framework for Career andCounselling Window
Delivery framework for Career andCounselling Window

Delivery framework for Career andCounselling Window

Delivery framework for Career andCounselling Window

Our recommendations


Way forward
RecommendationPlayers responsibleTarget learnerWhat it means for the learner?
Provide voucher-based support to thelearner to pursue skill trainingGovernmentXIIth class pass orbelow XIIthContinued financial support to facilitatethe learner’s employability skills
Collaborate with NGOs/panchayatsto inform women and their familiesregarding VETGovernment andprivateWomenIncrease women participation in VET,in turn increasing economic status ofwomen
Introduce regional career andcounseling windowsGovernmentAll groups of learnersInformed decision making at thelearner level
Provide learner-centric trainingGovernment andprivateAll groups of learnersCustomized training programs to meetlong-term aspirational needs of thelearner

The need of the hour is to synergize the efforts and resources to provide a feasible platform for vocational education and skill development. The ideal way forward will be to seek partnerships that will strengthen the process of quality and inclusive education.

 


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