‘Private funding and PPP can help India overcome VET challenges’

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Published: August 10, 2015 12:03:26 AM

“By the end of fiscal 2020, we will equip 3 million people with the skills to get a job or build a business,” says Sanjeev Gupta.

“By the end of fiscal 2020, we will equip 3 million people with the skills to get a job or build a business,” says Sanjeev Gupta, managing director, Government Relations & Corporate Affairs, Health & Public Services, Accenture in India.

The company, as part of its corporate citizenship initiative, has partnered with various Sector Skill Councils to develop Occupational Standards and conduct industry-wide occupational and functional analysis, leading to identification of key entry-level job roles. He tells Vikram Chaudhary of The Financial Express why Skill India needs active participation from the private sector.

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Does Skill India need an active participation from the private sector?

We believe that active participation and drive from the private sector is required in the Skill India initiative. Private funding and PPP are helping India overcome two of the largest challenges to vocational training: inadequate infrastructure and a shortage of job offers. A key step that the private sector can take to better support the skilling sector is to impart vocational education training (VET), which will ensure that skills needed to support the next generation of economic growth in sectors such as manufacturing, retail, construction and tourism are met. With the initiatives funded by the government and private organisations, we need to tap younger candidates for training, and empower them with employable skills.

What all skill development initiatives is Accenture working on in India?

We have partnered with various Sector Skill Councils to develop Occupational Standards and conduct industry-wide occupational and functional analysis leading to identification of key entry-level job roles. Skills to Succeed, which is our corporate citizenship initiative, aims to equip 3 million people with skills to get a job or build a business by the end of fiscal 2020.

Do the skill development initiatives you undertake fall under your CSR programme?

Skills to Succeed draws on two of Accenture’s core capabilities: training talent and convening partnerships to achieve tangible, measurable results. Since fiscal 2011, Accenture and the Accenture Foundations have contributed to support our corporate citizenship efforts, including Skills to Succeed, through cash as well as pro bono contributions of time and Accenture employee skills.

Have you designed or undertaken skill development initiatives across sectors?

We have conducted an industry-wide occupational and functional analysis leading to identification of key entry-level job roles for the industry, by reaching out to over 5,000 organisations and 500 universities and other educational institutions. The intent of the activity was to undertake research of the supply and demand in the sector and understand appropriate interventions to be made by the Sector Skill Councils in the skilling domain.

What was Accenture’s role in the ministry of home affairs and NSDC’s Udaan project?

Accenture formulated a plan to help the youth of Jammu & Kashmir. Our role is to implement the programme, including requirement gathering; mobilisation drives; partnership with parents; student orientation sessions; training and development; and placement activities. We also worked with NSDC in monitoring the process of project implementation. Some of the major deliverables in this participation were designing of a PMO framework, preparation of need-based reports, coordination of collation of periodic progress reports and supporting NSDC Udaan team in sourcing and empanelment of third-party audit agency.

Do you carry out skill gap assessments across different parts of India and across sectors?

We have conducted skill gap assessment studies for various states for identification of the current and future skills and manpower requirements by industry and have estimated the gap that exists. These assessments study the existing vocational training infrastructure both in the private sector and the government domain, and suggest specific and actionable interventions/recommendations to address the skill gap with a defined time-frame.

Have you set any targets for your skill initiatives?

As part of our corporate citizen agenda, by the end of fiscal 2020, we will equip 3 million people with the skills to get a job or build a business. We will increase our focus on the successful transition from skill-building programmes to sustainable jobs and businesses, and improve our collective ability to measure and report on these outcomes. We will bring together organisations across sectors to create large-scale, lasting solutions aimed at closing global employment gaps.

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