Author : EnrolmentDesk
India, May 2015. In a recent news, when P.M Modi visited Germany, there was a lot of persuasion from our side to set up manufacturing units in India. Industry experts however felt, apart from the establishment hurdles in India, there was a huge deficit in the number of skilled employees. And, there was an answer from Germany.
For a long time, the government was falling short of budget to provide proper machinery to vocational education and training institutes. This was considered a huge impediment to train students skillfully. We are very well aware of the training provided merely on a theoretical base where working with the actual machinery would have been preferable.
As an answer to it, the government had planned partnership programs with Indian manufacturing companies to train the students in real environments. While this program might be considered partially successful, there was of course the issue of numbers. The program simply couldn’t accommodate more students. The result is that there is still a sizable skill deficit.
Something like a manna from heaven might happen with this new development with Germany. There is an understanding with the German manufacturing industries and the Government of India to impart skills of industry standards.
The general theory behind this is by 2022, India would have most of its population below 29 years and for us to employ all of them would be a hard task.Moreover, by 2022, the population of Germany would be relatively older than in India and so they seek to import skilled workers.
The partnership program with Government of India as the vocational training partner is part of a bilateral cooperation treaty that hopes to benefit both countries.
In this program, companies train students in the real process of working with the real equipment and the students would get paid as per a contract drawn while enrolling the student. This would allow students to work and gain skill working on state of the art machinery.
This might be good for employment, but India has to do a lot more work in creating opportunities right from the vocational training schools. With an optimal 70-30 percent to practical and theory education from the schooling, India would be able to produce more skilled workers who would get gainfully employed.
When we see vocational courses list, we would find most of them redundant and in need of drastic reforms. This is also something that has to be worked on. With robust and dynamic reforms in vocational institutions from the schooling levels, we are certainly well equipped to face the growing demand of skilled workers effectively.
Let’s hope we see more students going to vocational institutes.