'Bridge' workshop on skilling in Kochi
“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.