Bangalore, July, 2014: In a major step towards creating a massive pool of talent in the country for military and civil aviation and aerospace sector India’s only aircraft maker HAL has instituted a Skill Development Council which will train around four lakh professionals over the next decade.
Officials in HAL told Defence Express that India’s prominent airlines and aerospace companies and institutions, like Air India, Jet Airways, Spice Jet, Indigo, GVK Group, Tata, ISRO, NAL among others have been invited to join the initiative.
The Hindustan Aeronautics Limited along with Bangalore Chambers of Industry and Commerce (BCIC) and Society of Indian Aerospace Technologies & Industries (SIATI) have come together to form a non- profit organization for this endeavour.
Officials said that Dr R.K.Tyagi, Chairman HAL would be heading the Governing Council of this organization, which will will comprise members from aviation majors, airport operators and academia.
“The Council is mandated to train approximately four lakh persons over next ten years in 90 different trades identified for better employment opportunities, improving employability and bridging gaps in skills required in this sector”, says Dr.Tyagi.
The broader objective of this collaboration is to aggregate skill requirements of the industry including sub sector requirements, regional requirements and international trends and best practices that can be introduced in the domestic skill development space. This Sector Skill Council would also build capacity for training delivery and regulate the skill development activities in the industry sectors including development of National Occupational Standards, qualifications, training curriculum and assessment criteria.
According to a Census report, in India 54% population is under the age group of 30 years and the ratio of population in the working age group (15-59 years) is likely to be 64% by the year 2021. This also means that India will have approximately 25% of the world’s total workforce by year 2025 and the initiative such as SDC will be useful in creating opportunities for young people.
On the flip side, by 2022, India will require about 500 million skilled workers across all skilled sectors, specifically in the manufacturing; the country will see a skills gap of nearly 90 million workers -almost twice the current figure.
As of now only 5% out of 470 million Indian workforce is vocationally trained and skilled. Another fact is that, a meagre 2 % of Indian population is vocationally skilled. In comparison, the ratio is 75% in Germany, 96% in Korea, 80% in Japan and 68% in UK. Against 1.28 cr new entrants being added to the workforce per year, the existing training capacity is only 31 lakh per annum. According to an estimate made in 2009, about 7.5 to 8 cr jobs were required to be created between 2009-2015, of which 75% required vocational training.
Looking at these statistics, India needs better training and education infrastructure supported by a pragmatic labour-industry-academia ecosystem, which is being enabled by HAL led endeavour in the field on skill development under the aegis of NSDC.
This is the 21st sector specific skill council set up at the national level under the aegis of National Skill Development Council (NSDC) under the Ministry of Finance, Govt of India.