Skill Development for Logistics: Safeducate all set for big strides
Safeducate all set for big strides
In view of the huge shortage of skilled manpower in the logistics industry and of organised institutions in India, Safeducate has tied up with Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport to establish a powerful structure. Speaking to Cargotalk, Divya Jain, a young entrepreneur and CEO, Safeducate discussed the significance of the training initiatives for the larger interest of the industry.
Established in 2007, the initial objective of Safeducate, a training firm which is a venture of supply chain & logistics industry leader Safexpress, was to train its own manpower to enhance overall efficiency and reduce cost. The aim was also to create a good image of the industry – that logistics industry is not all about unskilled manpower who work in an unorganised way. Gradually, the firm expanded its area of operations by focussing on training external people from logistics industry and students fresh out of college.
On being asked about her interest in training by creating a separate organisation, Jain said, “Not only is the logistics industry a sunrise industry, it is also the backbone of the country’s economy. Without efficient logistics operations, the country cannot compete in the international market. Unfortunately, the very same industry in India is suffering tremendously from an acute shortage of trained manpower.” She added that, “The logistics industry in India requires about 20 million trained people by 2020.”
It is true that logistics industry has multiple challenges because of its multiple functions. Hence, offering proper training to create trained logistics professionals is a huge task before the industry. “Accordingly,
there should be very strong and wellorganised institutions for logistics training in the country. Presently, there is a huge gap between the demand and supply of trained/ skilled manpower because of the absence of institutions for logistics industry. Safeducate is well-equipped to fill this gap in the industry,” Jain added.
Led by the alumni of Stanford and Cambridge University, Safeducate has trained more than 20,000 people from across the country. The institute has opened its branches in 22 locations in different parts of India. Out of the 20,000 trained people, a significant number of people have been from different logistics companies and individuals. The logistics courses range from elementary level to higher level. The courses are accredited by the Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport ( CILT).
Unveiling the future plans, Jain said, “We will achieve our target of offering training to 90,000 people over next 10 years. In addition, we are tying up with various state governments for conducting training programmes. Presently, we are in talks with the Government of Madhya Pradesh to train from 500 to 1,000 people a month,” she said.
She maintained that though the skill development exercise is basically an industry task, it cannot go without support from the government at various levels. She also made it clear that the venture of training institutions cannot be just a CSR activity. The commercial aspect has to be taken into account, to make training and skill development initiative a success. “However, imparting training to unskilled manpower is itself playing the vital role of corporate social responsibility for the greater interest of the industry and the country’s economy. For instance, drivers’ training is largely a CSR activity,” Jain observed. She also made it clear that to make a training institute profitable in India, especially in supply chain & logistics industry, the entrepreneurs have to go through a long gestation period. It is because of the fact that companies are a little hesitant to pay the bill to acquire skills for their employees. “We are optimistic that, in due course of time, Indian companies will definitely understand the benefit of skill development in terms of its impact on cost reduction and efficiency increase, resulting in an increase in the overall volume of business,” Jain pointed out. She also emphasised on attracting young people to this sunrise industry as a lucrative career option.