Images of India : Training India’s millions of unskilled workers…

usworkersMillions of Indians who form more than 90% of the country’s unskilled and semi-skilled workforce have little or no formal training. According to government figures, fewer than 5% of India’s 487 million workers have received any formal skills training. In other industrialised countries, that figure is closer to 60%. The government recently launched its Skill India Mission. In the programme’s first year, the government aims to provide skills to 2.4 million young people. On a different note, educational reforms and the upgrades have a pace much slower than the industry growth and change in technology. There is a lack of communication between the students and professionals from their industry. Employers often complain about a lack of skilled workers, which means they have to invest time, money and effort in on-the-job training. The country needs more vocational training centres, as well as investment from industry, government and academic institutions, to make higher education more market-oriented. There is often a mismatch between what companies expect and the existing pool of talent in the labour market.