Making of the world’s skill capital

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Skill development is required along with degrees for the youth to be employable. Practical training is essential

In a bid to realise Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of making India the skill capital of the world, the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) has forged several international partnerships across the globe. Through these collaborations, NSDC aims to focus on sharing best international practices, benchmarking Indian standards in accordance with international standards, training of trainers (TOT) and enhancing capacity of existing institutions in India’s skill training ecosystem. NSDC signed Memorandum of understanding (MoU) with countries such as Singapore, Canada, Sweden, Australia, France, Russia and the US.  CEO & MD of the National Skill Development Corporation Manish Kumar tells Pramod Kumar Singh of The Pioneer about its various initiatives and programmes. Excerpts:

  • How many countries are you partnering with for such programmes?

NSDC has signed MoUs with Singapore, Sweden, Australia, France, Russia. NSDC partnered with Japan for implementing the Technical Intern Training Programme (TITP) programme. NSDC is also in the process of negotiations with Finland and in discussions with reputed institutions such as University of California, San Diego and Deakin University, Australia for collaborations in research and analytics. NSDC has also recently empanelled seven international consultants from the UK, Singapore, Australia, Canada to provide technical consultancy services to public and private institutions across India to set up multi-skill training institutes.

  • What kind of training will be provided under the MoUs that have been signed with these countries?

Most of the MoUs that have been signed focus on training of trainers and assessors, establishment of academies of excellence, working on establishing transnational standard of skill sets, developing content for future skills et al.

  • You have recently signed an MoU with Singapore. What are the future skills that have been identified and what are the job roles under which the training will be provided to these candidates?

NSDC signed an MOU with National University of Singapore (Institute of System Sciences) where we are collaborating with NUS to develop standards and course material, arrangement for conducting TOT and joint certification for 55 unique job roles (future skills) identified across eight Technologies (ie, virtual reality, cloud computing, 3D printing, Internet, big data analytics, artificial intelligence, robotic process automation and social & mobile).

  • Regarding TITP, how many technical interns have been sent to Japan so far?

First batch of 15 candidates trained by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) in partnership with Nihon Technologies have completed their training in India. The candidates are expected to land in Japan in July 2018. NSDC has partnered with 22 sending organisations till date, who are all in the process of training young candidates for TITP programme in Japan.

  • What kind of training is provided and curriculum followed to skill candidates on trans-national standards?

Under TITP, the candidates are trained as per the requirements of the Japanese supervising organisations, however in general the sending organisation are expected to provide training on below aspects:

lJapanese language education.

l Japanese lifestyle orientation for acquiring the minimum knowledge and know-how essential for living in Japan and helping the candidate understand Japanese business etiquettes

lRelevant domain training, if required.

NSDC under the aegis of Ministry of Skill Development And Entrepreneurship has also developed and benchmarked 82 Transnational Standards. UK standards were chosen under this program as these standards are recognised by Gulf Cooperation Countries, which is a prominent destination for Indian skilled labour.

  • What are the job prospects for these candidates once they have completed training?

TITP is an internship programme in Japan wherein the youths will gain on-the-job training on Japanese industrial and vocational skills for a maximum period of five years. After completion of their training in Japan, candidates are expected return to India. As these candidates would have gained skill training in Japan, their prospects of getting employment with Japanese organisation operating in India or other good corporations in India or abroad will be quite bright. 

  • Which other countries are you in talks with for future programmes?

As mentioned above, we are in discussions with Finland, a draft MOU with PASET countries is in the process of being finalised. NSDC recently signed an MOU with People of Indian Origin Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PIOCCI) and is also in conversation with US India Strategic Partnership Forum (USISPF) to strengthen international skilling efforts by mapping skill gaps in various countries that might benefit Indian youth and serve to identify gainful job opportunities overseas.


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