Industry Interaction with Shri Mahendra Nath Pandey, Honorable Minister for Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, Government of India

13th August | 0930 hrs – 1330 hrs
Taj Mahal Palace, Colaba, Mumbai

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         Skill Development has evolved as one of the most critical threads driving India’s socio-economic progress. For industry competitiveness and for creating a productive workforce, The Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship was formed in 2014.

         The rapid evolution of technology and innovation are changing the fundamentals of skills needed to thrive in today’s digital era. Newer jobs are being created in emerging areas and this has created a Supply and demand conundrum between Industry and available skilled talent pool bringing forward the need of youth to acquire a new breed of skill sets that will help them leverage the opportunity and maximize their own potential. To drive the skills and proficiency in emerging areas among the masses of India there is a need for a demand-driven approach.

         In the recent past, Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship has undertaken various steps and designed pragmatic schemes to create an industry-friendly skills ecosystem and enable the creation of a skilled & certified talent pool through its on-ground initiatives. The Government of India has been working on a focused approach on Skill Development & Entrepreneurship and has been able to make an effective impact through its various initiatives such as:

  1. Amended Apprenticeship Act and the National Apprenticeship Promotion Scheme
  2. Vocationalisation of Education – both at school and higher education
  3. Skills Acquisition and Knowledge Awareness for Livelihood Promotion (SANKALP)
  4. Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY)
  5. UDAAN (Special Industry Initiative for Jammu & Kashmir)

         With the given background CII organised a Workshop on key skill issues and submission of recommendations with interaction with Shri Mahendra Nath Pandey, Honorable Minister of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, Government of India to understand the vision and way forward and how the industry can participate and support the skills ecosystem. The workshop and interaction were to identify the gaps and challenges, ideate on solutions and how Industry being the recipient of the talent pool can play a greater role in the skills ecosystem.

Mr. Winny Rawal, Head – Transnational Education & Industry Interface, Rustomjee Academy for Global Careers, led one of the Break-Out Session “Issues and Challenges faced by the Training Providers and suggested solutions”.  The session focused on how we attract more suitable youth that can be trained and retained by Industry, challenges in placement and challenges faced and practical solutions to the same.