Skill De­vel­op­ment for Lo­gis­tics: Safeducate all set for big strides

Safeducate all set for big strides

Cargo Talk - - Contents - RaTan KR Paul

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.

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