To ensure the apprenticeship training framework reaches rural areas, the MSDE and the Common Service Centres (CSCs) have entered into a partnership. The CSCs will train 40,000 apprentices annually. The audience for these sessions will include students from Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) in the area concerned and beneficiaries of the Jan Shikshan Sansthans (JSS). The focus of these training programmes will include digital literacy as well as rural entrepreneurship.
The CSCs are being encouraged to drive apprenticeship engagement between 2.5% and 15% at a district- and state-level. The idea is to bring the apprenticeship training format to the grassroots. This could help village-level entrepreneurs to engage these apprentices and impart real-world skills to the candidates.
While this caters to a specific youth segment, TeamLease Degree Apprenticeship announced an initiative recently on the industry specific work-integrated-learning programme (WILP).
The aim of this WILP is to help 10 lakh people. The programme is planned as a blend of on-the-job and on-site training methods for more flexibility. If executed well, it can help people build a mix of cognitive and technical skills. The learning process is tripartite, involving students, industry and academia, breaking the traditional education process. TeamLease says 15 institutions are incorporating this scheme. It sees high demand in auto, manufacturing and retail sectors and is aligning the skills with the demand from these industries.Sumit Kumar, Chief Business Officer at TeamLease Degree Apprenticeship, says, “The current labour market is gravitating towards skill-based jobs instead of qualification. The advent of automation, the influence of ESG and policy reforms are driving the nature and volume of current and future jobs in India and globally. This has further widened the gap between the supply and demand of skills to fulfil the job requirements. Work-based programmes are being considered an innovation to bridge the skill gap through industry-academia collaboration. Industry micro-credentials are added to the curriculum to make the programmes relevant and address the employability gap that the industry faces while hiring.”
The enabling ecosystem of the National Credit Framework and the National Skill Qualification Framework, as part of the New Education Policy, had already created the pathway for more flexible and industry-facing higher education courses.
TeamLease says it has seen demand for capability building from pharma, healthcare and IT, among others. It reports a 20% increase in the intake of student trainees under such programmes and expects 30% of enrolments in higher education under such work-integrated programmes in collaboration with industry.
This programme opens up higher education access to the candidates because, apart from college graduates, it also caters to diploma holders, college dropouts with technical background and those who have finished their schooling.
Through the programme, participants can get stipends of Rs 11,000-16,000 per month.