CII held the 6th Global Summit on Skills Development with Australia as the Partner country on 10 November 2014 in Mumbai. The Day 2 i.e 11 November is dedicated as the 3rd India – Australia Skills Conference.
Australian Minister for Industry, Mr Ian Macfarlane reiterated Prime Minister Modi’s vision on Skill Development.
He lauded the Indian government for the focus on Skill Development with formation of the new ministry and the announcement of Mr. Pratap Rudy as the Minister for Skill Development. This reiterates the Indian Government’s commitment. He highlighted that India has close links with Australia and a large Indian skilled work force is already contributing to Australia’s growth. Australia has an evolved skill eco-system and is recognised worldwide. Mr. Macfarlane stated that, with the 100 member Australian Skill delegation, who have come to India, it is a great opportunity for both the countries to collaborate and create a sustainable partnerships on skills at CII 6th Global Summit on Skills Development with Australia as the Partner country.
With the new government’s focus on skill development leading to employment generation Mr. Adi Godrej, past President CII and Chairman Godrej group, said that it is an opportune time for discussing requirements and reform. He said that the globe is looking to India to capture the business opportunities being presented and it is the Demographic Dividend that will work in India’s favour. He stated that there is no dearth of Jobs but a dearth of skills that the Industry needs to focus. He proposed a PPP mode for growth in industry through higher productive manpower. He explained that the Godrej group is already working on a focused manner in skilling youth and have trained 1,50,000 people . They have now taken upon them the target of further training 5,00,000 people in some of the traits specific to the Group’s strength
Mr. Pamod Bhasin, Chairman- National Committee on Skills Development and Founder and Vice Chairman – Genpact India and Chairman Skills Academy, mentioned that with CII being the largest industry body, has been playing a very critical part in the skill development landscape. He pointed out the importance of Technology as the enabler for the realization of the Prime Minister’s vision of ‘Make in India’. He further elaborated that the Skills ecosystem in the Service sector is more mature as compared to the Manufacturing industries, hence to facilitate the ‘Make in India’ we need to ensure that there is greater momentum generated towards manufacturing skill development.
Mr. Dilip Chenoy, MD and CEO, National Skill Development Corporation laid out the new Skills structure where the National Skills Development Corporation and National Skills Development Agency will now fall under the ambit of the new Skills Ministry. He stated that NSDC being the PPP body with the industry participation is looking to Skill-Assess- Certify youth for productivity linked employment. He explained that to fulfil the Skill-Speed –Scale mantra we need to train people across all industries on the soft skills along with technical skill. Language, Computer literacy and financial literacy skills to be made integral part of all training.
There were 400 delegates that attended the Summit which had speakers from Germany, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Canada, Japan, South Korea, Australia, etc who spoke on key aspects of Skills Development, covering the role Industry in Skill Development, Technology as enabler for ‘Make in India’, the potential of Trainers as the Value Creators. The discussion sessions covered the Global case studies on Skill Development and how they can be adapted to expedite skill development in India. There were discussion on how there can be greater collaboration within SAARC countries as a region in collaboration with more evolved countries in skills and acceptance of each other’s standards.
Industry, Government and various stakeholders in the skills space came on the Global Summit platform which formed the highlight of the event.