While, India has been one of the fastest growing economies in the world, it scores only 2% as far as percent of the formally skilled work force globally, against other economies such as Korea (96%), Japan (80%), Germany (75%), UK (68%) and China (40%). Skill development is critical not only from the perspective of skilled workforce requirements to sustain the economy but also in terms of creating employment opportunities.
In the specific context of the healthcare sector in India, according to an estimate by National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) the incremental human resource requirement will double from 35.9 lakh in 2013 to 74 lakhs in 2022. In 2013, there were over 11 lakhs Allied Health Professionals (AHPs) in India. Besides the above, Indian healthcare sector is confronting challenges that have human and economic dimensions. Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) such as Cardiovascular diseases, cancers, chronic respiratory diseases, diabetes, and other account for 60% of all deaths in India, and could be prevented with an adequate supply of medical doctors and AHPs. Indian stands to lose $ 4.58 trillion before 2030 due to NCD and mental health conditions. Also, opportunities for the Indian healthcare sector exists in terms of its ability to provide affordable of healthcare services to the international community.
Given the above, there is a need for both qualitative and quantitative skill development initiatives in the healthcare sector in India. In this regard, as AHPs form the backbone of any healthcare system, it is urgently required to create a cadre of new AHPs through training as well as upgrade the skills of existing AHPs.
SSLF Skill Development Initiative for the Healthcare Sector
In the context of the above scenario, SSLF launched Virohan Institute of Health and Management Sciences in September 2015 with a vision to focus on the health and allied sector that require a skilled workforce of 3.8 million. Virohan is accredited and affiliated with Healthcare Sector Skill Council (HSSC) to run HSSC approved courses.
The institute has already engaged 500 candidates in its various courses. The Institute is running successfully and catering to the local demands of allied health professionals. It has tie-ups with major hospitals in Haryana and NCR for placements and On the Job Training (OJT) for candidates.
Details of the Virohan’s Training Model is provided below:
Automotive Sector and Skill Requirement
With a contribution of 7.1 percent of the India’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP), the Indian auto industry is one of the largest in the world. Within that, the Two Wheeler segment and Passenger Vehicle (PV) accounts for 81 per cent and 13 per cent share of the Indian Automobile market respectively. This is because of the economic growth and therefore a growing middle class, and increased the interest of the automobile companies to explore rural markets. The Government of India encourages foreign investment in the automobile sector and allows 100 per cent FDI under the automatic route..  Also, many of the global auto companies are exploring possibilities to shifted their manufacturing base to India, because of cheap labour and other issues. As a result, India is emerging as one of the major manufacturing hub, globally. The automobile and automotive components industries in India face the likelihood of a shortage of skilled workers in the not-too-distant future.
A National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) report has estimated the need for nearly 15 million (1.5 crores) directly employable people by 2022 in the automobile sector.
Of the 7.6 million people employed in the auto manufacturing sector, 72 percent or 5.4 million are engaged in the component sub-sector. Among the auto component suppliers, 70 percent of whom constitute SMEs, a majority of the workforce is employed in Tier 3 cities and raw material manufacturing companies. A total of 19.1 million people are employed in the Indian automobile sector directly or indirectly. This includes manufacturing in OEM, auto components, raw material factories, automobile dealers, service centers and other enabling sectors.
In the context of the above, the entire ecosystem to meet the incremental human resource requirement of the automotive sector will require scaling up of its training initiatives, and importantly, aligned with the industry-recognized national occupational standards.
In collaboration with its affiliate TCS & Associates Pvt. Ltd. (TCSAPL), that has experience of training more than 2000 candidates in the last three years, SSLF is providing training on the following Automotive Skill Development Council (ASDC) aligned courses:
- Sales Executive – Dealership
- Sales Consultant (Pre-owned Vehicles)
- Automotive Service Technician Level 3
- Automotive Service Technician Level 4
While, India is ready to provide this manpower in terms of numbers, because of growing number of people in the working age group, lot of work needs to be done to convert these numbers into employment, by imparting skills in sync with global transnational standards.However, according to a National Skill Development (NSDC) report, potential IT/ITeS employees have several skill gaps which would hamper their absorption in the talent pool. In particular, the report points out to lack of in-depth understanding of hardware-related information, lack of client-handling skills and insufficient knowledge across domains as the major skill gaps in the area.
By 2020, the IT/ ITeS sector is expected to create direct employment of 10 million and indirect employment of about 40 million, touching diverse sections of society.
Given the magnitude of required workforce in the IT/ITeS sector, NSDC has collaborated with NASSCOM and formed the IT-ITeS Sector Skills Council India, to fulfill the growing need in India for skilled manpower, across sectors and narrow the existing gap between the demand and supply of skills.
SSLF is contributing towards increasing the skilled workforce in the IT/ ITeS by providing training on the following:
- Associate HR
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SSLF ‘s Virohan Institute of Health and Management Sciences, apart from running HSSC approved courses on healthcare, also organizes free health camps for the under privileged and marginalized community in its area of operations, specially the slums. The activity also reinforces the community connect that is very strong.
In this regard, Virohan organized Free Health Check-up camp in Mohtabad Village, Faridabad. Approximately 1500 people got access to the healthcare services during this health checkup camp. Through the camp, SSLF also get connectivity with the women and youth, and help them facilitate access to education for enhancing their employability and empowerment.