The vocational skills program has been in operation for 5 years covering 15 states, over 6,000 schools and 1.23 million students. Courses on Electronics, IT / ITeS, Beauty & Wellness, Financial Markets, Agriculture, Healthcare and Security are offered in government schools.
The program runs from class 9 – 12 for 4 years along side the regular courses and helps the child build a solid foundation in skills like computers, communication, English proficiency, financial literacy and the specific domain skills all of which woven into the course. Activity based learning, guest lectures, industry visits and an emphasis on practical work have made a deep impact on the students and there is transformation happening before our eyes on a large scale. Industry linkages are an integral part of the scheme, be it through curriculum, or engagement with guest faculty.
The main objective of the scheme is to enhance employability and reduce drop outs.
A one time non recurring grant is provided by the government to the school for purchase of tools and equipments specific for the job role. One or two job roles maybe covered in the span of 4 years. On the Job Training during vacations is provided for at least 80 hours.
Reposted from NHRD Quarterly Journal - Jan 2018 issue
This article is based on my experience of over 10 years spent in training youth; both in school and out of school; to make them employable & attractive to potential employers.
There is universal agreement that youth in India lack employability skills .How is this problem to be solved?
In my experience, the concept of standalone vocational training has failed in India. The proof of this is the low interest shown by youth in these institutions. The idea mooted in some quarters of building new vocational only institutions is also bound to fail.
On the other hand courses imparting practical skills integrated into the standard curriculum are proving popular. Students are clearly judging these to be useful. A government initiative in operation for 5 years, covering 15 states, 1000 schools and over 1 lakh students is showing a lot of promise and is a good start.