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India, March 2015. Vocational training programs have made a huge difference in the lives of countless young people nationwide. Get to know more about vocational education by reading this insightful article.

Madhuri always dreamt to become a fashion designer, but her father wants to see her as an engineer. But, she never showed any interest to pursue an engineering course. She said the same to her father that her dream was to gain reputation as one of the top notch fashion designers in the world . She revealed her plans that after intermediate, she would like to enrol in a three-year vocational training course on fashion designing. After the bachelors, she wanted to pursue her masters in fashion designing abroad and work for branded companies.

Her father opposed her dream of becoming a fashion designer and forced her to take up the conventional engineering course. Like Madhuri, there are many students who would like to pursue their dream profession, but hesitate to tell their parents because of the fear of opposition.

In society, there is one strong belief that is deeply rooted in the minds of parents that conventional courses such as engineering, medicine, chartered accountancy are the only kind of courses that built a strong career with high salary. But, this is completely a misconception.

There is a list of vocational courses in India that pays really well when compared to traditional courses.

  • Commerce-based courses such as office secretaryship, stenography and computer applications, accountancy and auditing, marketing and salesmanship, banking, retail, financial market management, and business administration.
  • Engineering-based courses such as electrical technology, automobile technology, civil engineering, air conditioning and refrigeration technology, electronics technology, and IT application.
  • Health and paramedical courses such as medical laboratory techniques, ophthalmic techniques, X-ray technician, healthcare sciences, health and beauty studies, medical diagnostics.
  • Home science courses such as Fashion Design and clothing construction, textile design, design fundamentals, music technical production, beauty services.
  • Agriculture-based courses such as poultry farming, dairy science and technology, horticulture.
  • Hospitality and tourism courses such as food production, food and beverage services, mass media studies and media production, bakery and confectionary, front office,travel and tourism.

The main advantage of vocational courses are:

  • Vocational training schools are typically shorter in duration and more focused than a four-year traditional degree program.
  • Invest less amount of money when compared to the conventional four-year degree programs.
  • Vocational courses are aimed to provide employability skills on a specific trade.
  • Gains industry exposure with hands on practical experience in classrooms and paves a way for an immediate employment or internship after the completion of course.

Inspite of various advantages of the vocational courses, vocational training in India is not so popular as in first world countries. This is because of a misbelief that vocational training in India is only confined to lower middle class families.

But this is completely a false assumption, vocational training is needed for everyone in their chosen career streams. Even for engineering graduates, there is a need for a practical industry standards training to start their career in a chosen field either in the form of internship or in the form of on-job training.

According to a recent study, 75% of the graduated youth are unemployed because they do not have specific skillsets in their chosen domain. There is a huge gap between the supply and demand of the skilled manpower across different industries. Because of shortage of skills, there are a number of unemployed youth in India.

Vocational training offers the best solution by providing a practically oriented training that leads to pursue an occupation straightaway. According to a research, by 2020, 25% of the total international manpower employed would be Indian. Realising the importance of vocational courses, the Indian Government has provided INR 10,000 crore to empower vocational training institutes in India.