News Bytes from NSN – Quick updates on skill development, VET, employability


Here are some News Bytes covering various happenings and updates in the ITIs, the industry, government and other stakeholders in the skilling and VET space. The News Bytes curated and adapted from various sources* with the sole objective of keeping our readers informed about the evolving skills industry in India and how they can be a part of it.

Skill development courses for ex-servicemen from Andhra University

Andhra University will be offering special skill development courses to the ex-servicemen in the state from this academic year. This courses are being conducted in association with Andhra Pradesh Sainik Welfare Board and Andhra Pradesh Skill Development Corporation. Andhra University will take up the academic affairs of the courses, Andhra Pradesh Sainik Welfare Board will select the beneficiaries while the AP Skill Development Corporation will fund the programmes.

The Vice Chancellor of Andhra University said that fire and safety engineering, foreign languages, fitness trainer courses would be started exclusively to the ex-servicemen. The duration of each course would be three months and 60 personnel would be given admission in each batch and the first batch will start in July.

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IBM India changes its fresher hiring strategy for sourcing good talent

To acquire the best talent in the country, IBM, which has already cut down on campus hiring drastically over the last 3-4 years, has changed its fresher hiring strategy to include early professionals and ‘new collars also’.

IBM has segregated the freshers into the following three categories — early professionals or freshers who have up to three years of work experience; absolute freshers from campus, and ‘new collars’ who are non-traditional, non-engineering graduates who can be science or commerce graduates or from Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs).

Bharat Fritz Werner embarks on skill development

Recognising that that skill development is critical for economic growth and social development, Bharat Fritz Werner Ltd. (BFW) is focussing on enhancing skill development ecosystem in India. They have partnered with National Skill Development Corporation and Indian Machine Tool Manufacturers’ Association (IMTMA) to conduct the Regional level WorldSkills India Competition – Southern region for the CNC Milling machines. The competition was held at the BFW premises from June 21-23, 2018.

The Vice President – Human Resources, BFW, emphasised on its support to build a skilled nation, and said, “With millions of qualified people seeking employment every year, skill development has become one of India’s priorities. BFW endorses skill development to empower individuals, enhance their employability and give them industry experience.”

Rs 12000 crore to boost state mining area growth in Odisha

The Orissa State Government has more than Rs12,000 crore funds available for development of the minerals-bearing areas This will give a major boost for the livelihood sector in these areas of the State. Since there is vast scope for development in the livelihood sector. The state has decided to set up an Odisha Mineral Bearing Area Livelihood Mission so that major livelihood projects would be undertaken and monitored in the minerals-bearing areas of the State. As per a latest report, the State Government public account has received a total of Rs12,845 crore compensation money from the mining leases so far.

Government to start regulating skills training

The government is planning to set up an independent regulator for skills training in the country. This move was made because the skill development and entrepreneurship ministry has failed in its efforts to improve the quality of skills imparted by various bodies and institutions.  The skill development and entrepreneurship ministry will only act as the administrative ministry for the regulator.

About 12 million youth enter the country’s workforce every year but a large chunk of them are unemployable because of poor skill sets. Hence the government is renewing its focus on improving skills training.

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