Bhubaneswar, Emphasising that empowerment of people cannot happen without skilling, Union Skill Development & Entrepreneurship Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said on Saturday that skill is not only an economic commodity, it is also a sociological concept.
“Skill is not only an economic commodity, it is also a sociological concept. It encompasses aptitude, aspiration and emotion of the youth. Empowerment of our masses cannot happen without skilling, and we are working on to ensure this,” Mr Pradhan said who chaired a workshop “Closing the Skills Gap and Future of Jobs”, here.
Co-organised by National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) and World Economic Forum (WEF), the objective of this day-long workshop was to identify pathways for human-centered and sustainable growth and to reflect upon coherent and coordinated strategies to proactively prepare for and shape the future of work.
Mr Dharmendra Pradhan they were deliberating on the important issue of closing the skills gap in context of the future of jobs in India.
He said, “India is a country of young people. Our demographic dividend is our asset. Our challenge is to map the aspirations of our youth with the opportunities. Our education system has given knowledge and empowerment; it must also equip our youth with employability. It is important that we connect young generation with the new age skills.
‘Demand mapping is key to keep up with the requirements of the market. Inclusion of women in our workforce is another imperative. Bringing more and more women in the workforce will give further boost to our GDP and bring in social change.”
Keeping a special focus on Odisha, Mr Pradhan unveiled a report “The Barunei Accord – Skill Development in Odisha: A Roadmap for Progressive Future”.
The report projects incremental labour demand of 5.3 lakh (in 2018-19) in the state and potential to absorb around 77 per cent of the unemployed population through appropriate long term and short term skill training.
The report brings focus on significant youth population which can drive economic growth in the state and lays emphasis on skilling opportunities in Agriculture, Culture & Heritage, Rural and Tribal domains and identifies ‘entrepreneurship’ model to generate employment. It reiterates accelerating and scaling skill planning and deploying solutions such as Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), Apprenticeship and Counselling of youth.
The workshop also included a presentation on a study “The Future of Jobs 2018” prepared by the World Economic Forum.
Charting a new way forward, the Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship has also announced a ‘Closing the Skills Gap Task Force’ in India, through public-private collaboration. This task force will bring together leaders from business, government, civil society, and the education and training sectors to accelerate the future-proofing of education and training systems in the country, according to an official statement.