Making India the skill capital of the world

The social and economic development of any country majorly depends on the skill and knowledge of its workforce. Creating a modern infrastructure and maintaining the right economics will not lead to growth. What is required is to focus on developing the skilled workforce as per industry requirements.

The government of India has made changes to the FDI (foreign direct investment) policy opening defense, civil aviation, pharmaceuticals sectors to 100% foreign ownership. With more foreign investment coming into India, do we have the skilled workforce that can be a part of this change? Can India become the skill capital of the world?

According to the Annual Report on Employment furnished by the Ministry of Labor, it is estimated that only 5 percent of workforce in the age group of 15–29 years have received formal vocational training, indicating that maximum workforce is without formal vocational training.

Government and Private Participation in Healthcare

As per the latest NSDC skill gap report, India needs to add 1,000,000 hospital beds in the next 10 years. Therefore, there is a need for 7 to 8 million healthcare paramedics, nurses and support staff.

To reap the benefits of FDI relaxation, the skill base of the country has to be strengthened. The key to do this effectively and to be on the forefront of development to narrow the skill gap. To do this the government and private sector collaboration is must. The skill development infrastructure needs to be enhanced in a manner that all those who enter the work environment have the relevant skills beforehand.

Skills Development and Social Empowerment

Empowering the youth to become self-reliant starts with equipping them with skills that will help them to work and grow. A joint cooperative training program between the government and private companies have shown an immense success.

Apollo MedSkills, a joint venture between Apollo Hospitals and National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) trains and upgrades the skills of hospital workforce across the country.

Features of Medskills Skilling Program

Medskills makes healthcare education more relevant and moves from the traditional teaching approach to a more innovative teaching methodology. To enhance healthcare delivery systems across India and globally and to meet the need of trained healthcare paramedics, nurses and support staff, skilling, reskilling and upskilling is a priority.

Offering high-end facilities like Simulation Laboratory, Computer lab, Web conferencing, English training, and skill based training etc. Medskills provides overall development to the students.

Medskills healthcare courses help with:

  • Skilling the youths in healthcare so that they are ready for employment
  • Providing training, support and guidance in all facets of healthcare whether you are a student, a graduate or a medical professional
  • Offering International level training
  • Tailor-made, need-based programs such as language and communication skills, personality development skills, management skills, behavioral skills

Although countries like the USA, Australia, and EU undertake advanced systematic assessments of future skills demand using statistics and with the involvement of industry, in India it is still at its nascent stage.

While the government has taken the leap towards making India the skill capital of the world, more private sectors like Medskills have to the initiative through entrepreneurship and skill development programs to make “Skill India” a success.

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