'Bridge' work­shop on skilling in Kochi

FICCI Business Digest - - In the States -

“Skilling is the need of the hour and we need to have to ac­quire it ur­gently,” re­marked Paul Antony, Ad­di­tional Chief Sec­re­tary, Depart­ment of In­dus­tries, Gov­ern­ment of Ker­ala, while de­liv­er­ing the chief guest's ad­dress at 'Bridge', a one-day work­shop on skilling. The flag­ship event was or­gan­ised jointly by Ad­di­tional Skill Ac­qui­si­tion Pro­gramme (ASAP) along with FICCI in Kochi.

“More job op­por­tu­ni­ties are to come up soon in var­i­ous sec­tors in the state. We will have to en­sure our­selves to well equip to meet the chal­lenge of get­ting the skilled re­sources in all these ar­eas. Bridg­ing the skill gap through mean­ing­ful in­ter­ven­tions has to be de­signed and im­ple­mented. Ap­pren­tice­ship and in­tern­ship will be of great help to bridge the gap be­tween the stu­dents and the in­dus­try. We need to have in­clu­sive de­vel­op­ment,” he added.

Deepak L Aswani, CoChair­man, FICCI Ker­ala State Coun­cil, said, “In to­day's en­vi­ron­ment in Ker­ala, ev­ery in­dus­try and trade re­quires skilled man­power to take care of their re­quire­ments and in­terns who could quickly ab­sorb into the en­vi­ron­ment of the or­ga­ni­za­tion and con­trib­ute to its growth which would even­tu­ally pro­vide in­terns a se­cure fu­ture ca­reer in their re­spec­tive in­dus­try and trade of their pref­er­ence.” He re­quested all mem­bers of trade and in­dus­try to lend sup­port to the in­tern­ship pro­grammes of ASAP to im­ple­ment it suc­cess­fully in the state.

In his key­note ad­dress on 'De­cod­ing ap­pren­tice­ship Rules & Guide­lines', Dr. Prashant Desh­pande, Vice Pres­i­dent, HR Strat­egy & Plan­ning, Re­liance In­dus­tries Ltd, said, “Flex­i­bil­ity, greater trust and in­creased speed of fa­cil­i­ta­tion are the three points in which changes are hap­pen­ing rapidly in ap­pren­tice­ship. In India, SMEs have long way to cover; mul­ti­ple ap­pren­tice­ships will help ac­quire mul­ti­ple skills,” added Dr. Prashant.

The work­shop cov­ered var­i­ous as­pects of the Ap­pren­tice­ship Rules and Guide­lines, over­all in­dus­try per­spec­tive and rel­e­vant as­pects of ap­pren­tice­ships in other states be­sides cover­ing the var­i­ous cour­ses con­ducted by ASAP and their rel­e­vance, and in­tern­ship for stu­dents en­rolled in ASAP's train­ing pro­gramme.

“Noth­ing much changed in the last 20 years in Ker­ala re­gard­ing ap­pren­tice­ship. Ker­ala has got very less de­mo­graphic level,” stated Dr. Reju MT, CEO, ASAP, Gov­ern­ment of Ker­ala, in his ad­dress on 'Set­ting the stage for Clus­ter dis­cus­sions'. “ASAP has num­ber of suc­cess­ful sto­ries of stu­dents placed suc­cess­fully; and the aim of ASAP is to place the stu­dents suc­cess­fully in their ca­reer path. Peo­ple in Ker­ala are well aware of skills. Cur­ricu­lum re­vi­sion is taken up with the pulse of the in­dus­try by ASAP. Ma­jor miss­ing in skilling was the in­dus­try con­nects. Skill cour­ses are now based on in­puts from in­dus­try,” he added.

Al­most 24 sec­tors are cov­ered by ASAP through var­i­ous spec­i­fied cour­ses. ASAP has suc­cess­fully in­sti­tu­tion­al­ized a PPP model skill ecosys­tem in the state through part­ner­ships with Pri­vate Train­ing Ser­vice Providers, In­dus­try As­so­ci­a­tions and PSUs. Skill train­ing in the key sec­tors of agri­cul­ture, ap­parel, au­to­mo­tive, bank­ing and fi­nance, beauty & well­ness, cap­i­tal goods, con­struc­tion, elec­tron­ics, me­dia & en­ter­tain­ment, food pro­cess­ing,

fur­ni­ture, gem & jew­ellery, health care, hos­pi­tal­ity, IT & ITES, lo­gis­tics, plumb­ing, re­tail, rub­ber and sports and tele­com take place across the state max­imis­ing the po­ten­tial of in­dus­try-academia en­gage­ments.

Stephen Mas­caren­has, VP, Prime Fo­cus world.com, while de­liv­er­ing his spe­cial ad­dress on 'Views of In­dus­try on In­tern­ship', said that there is huge de­mand for skilled tal­ents in the in­dus­try. Nearly 3000 jobs are await­ing good tal­ent but there is a huge de­mand and sup­ply gap. In­terns have to be trained for in­dus­try's re­quire­ment by prop­erly im­ple­ment­ing skilling meth­ods.

Shobha Mishra Ghosh, Se­nior Di­rec­tor, FICCI, gave a pre­sen­ta­tion on 'Over­all Skills Sce­nario – Ini­tia­tives by FICCI in Var­i­ous States'. She men­tioned about 'em­ployer led work­place train­ing ap­pren­tice­ship' that pre­vails in var­i­ous parts of the coun­try. Ker­ala has set up huge am­bi­tious task of em­ployer led train­ing. FICCI has set up a goal of train­ing 9000 to 50000 skilled man­power ev­ery year through its train­ing part­ners. “Project Man­age­ment Unit (PMU) would be set up for ap­pren­tice­ship,” she added. PMU would con­nect, pro­vide the bridge and ex­e­cute the in­te­grated skill de­vel­op­ment and of­fered FICCI's sup­port to the ini­tia­tives of ASAP in its in­tern­ship and ap­pren­tice­ship pro­grammes and to con­nect the in­dus­try and trade.

The rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the clus­ter pre­sented their views. Dr. Reju, CEO, ASAP, summed up the re­sponse and fu­ture plans of ASAP in his con­clud­ing re­marks. Suseela James, Head- Tech­ni­cal, ASAP and Savio Mathew, Head, FICCI Ker­ala State Coun­cil, also spoke on the oc­ca­sion.

Paul Antony, Ad­di­tional Chief Sec­re­tary, Depart­ment of In­dus­tries, Gov­ern­ment of Ker­ala, ad­dress­ing the work­shop. Also seen are: Suseela James, Head-Strat­egy – ASAP; Shobha Mishra Ghosh, Se­nior Di­rec­tor & Head, Skill De­vel­op­ment & Higher Ed­u­ca­tion, FICCI; Dr. Reju MT, CEO, ASAP; Deepak L Aswani, Co- Chair, FICCI Ker­ala State Coun­cil; Dr. Prashant Desh­pande, Vice Pres­i­dent – HR Strat­egy & Plan­ning, Re­liance In­dus­tries Ltd; Stephen Mas­caren­has, VP, Prime Fo­cus world.com and Savio Mathew, Head, FICCI Ker­ala State Coun­cil.

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