Maharashtra State Rural Livelihoods Mission (MSRLM) organized the 3rd CXO Multi-sector Industry Partnership Summit on Skill Development in Mumbai on 20th December 2018. The event was held under the aegis of Deen Dayal Upadhyaya-Grameen Kaushalya Yojana (DDU-GKY), with the theme of ‘Joining Hands for A Skilled Maharashtra’. The main objective of the Summit was to initiate a debate and discuss the future skills required by many industry sectors in consultation with the private sector and the sector skills council.
The Summit was organised in collaboration with National and State Technical Support Agency and Sector Skills Council and was well represented by 70 Industries, 90 Project Implementing Agencies (PIAs), 6 Sector Skill Councils, officials and grassroots functionaries of the State Government, the media and witnessed a total head count of 310 participants in attendance at the Summit. The Industries present at the summit ranged across sectors and came from IT/ITES, BFSI, Logistics, Security, Manufacturing, Electronics, Healthcare, Beauty and Wellness, Construction and Real Estate, Retail and Tourism and Hospitality.
Hon. CEO, MSRLM, Mrs. R. Vimala stated that whether it’s a rural youth looking to enter the workforce or a training provider developing talent, or a manager tasked with hiring and retaining, DDU-GKY is the programme to partner with as it serves as a unified platform for all stakeholders involved in the skilling ecosystem who are working with a shared interest for the achievement of common objectives and similar goals.
Mr. Chetan Bhakkad and Mr. Jitendra Kumar from Grant Thornton India LLP, which serves as a State Technical Support Agency to MSRLM on DDU-GKY, shared how the private sector could align the needs and demands of their industry with their strategic priorities to radically and sustainably improve the curriculum, training and performance, specific to their sector. They briefly touched upon the leading role the private sector could play in forecasting demand and identifying gaps between the current labour demand and training provision, responding to skills needs and the impact the sector could create by tapping into the hidden and untapped potential of the rural youth.’
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The summit saw the launch of two exclusive accomplishments exclusive to the State. One was the launching of the ‘Rozgar’ portal which is an innovative workforce solution that aims to connect human potential to the power of business. It aspires to serve both, large and small organizations across all industry sectors through its manpower management by efficiently connecting demand with supply. The portal is developed by Hardshell Technologies Pvt. Ltd. for recruiters to recruit blue color workforce specially trained under Government programmes like DDU—GKY.
One of the key highlights that emerged was the signing of the MoU with Aditya Birla Retail Limited whose expertise shall be drawn into at designing the curriculum and training of candidates for the retail sector, placement of trained candidates and owning a batch.
In the panel discussion about the significance of IT/ITES and BFSI sector, Ms. Deepti Talukdar from Aegis Global India rightly pointed out that our country is losing business in the sector to other countries where manpower is available easily, whereas in our country language is a barrier. Adding to the discussion, Mr. Yogesh Parvi and Mr. Ajit Padhi from NASSCOM discussed the skillset renovation required to attract a higher number of youth to train within the said domain as well as the impactful role the job portal could play at increasing the retention rate in face of newer and emerging challenges.
The second panel rightfully dealt with identifying emerging trends and opportunities to form inter linkages with DDU-GKY and the panelists included representatives from the Healthcare and Beauty and Wellness sector. Dr. Akash Rajpal, CEO, Medika Bazaar gave the audience insights on how e-commerce can play a leading role in the next few years at raising pay and creating jobs around the country – an interesting trend to watch out for and stay prepared. The key take away from the session was the need for the integration of the healthcare and allied sectors which has tremendous potential at creating jobs that can accommodate a huge chunk of manpower skilled under DDU-GKY.