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Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship lays out framework for holistic development of trainers in the skilling ecosystem

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New Delhi, May, 2024.

As ‘Viksit Bharat 2047’ envisions a completely developed nation by the 100th year of India’s independence, the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) aims to foster a dynamic workforce in an ever-evolving economy. To cater to this, the Ministry has laid out a roadmap where trainers from short-term and long-term skilling ecosystems will be equipped with the right skills and technology to help learners participate in the future market.

The MSDE’s partner, Future Right Skills Network (FRSN) has drafted the “Trainer Development Strategy for the Skilling Ecosystem” which lays out a framework and guidelines for the development of the 21st century educator. It recommends that trainers integrate digital blended content into classroom learning using digital tools and resources.

The drafting of the trainer development strategy has been facilitated by Quest Alliance and supported by FRSN, a collaboration between Accenture, Cisco, J.P. Morgan, and SAP. The initiative aims to enhance the quality and effectiveness of nationwide trainers across sectors for long-term skilling. Additionally, the mentioned strategies will address the gaps in staffing and training capacity; shortage of qualified trainers in the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) sector which impacts the quality and effectiveness of skill development programs; and reduce attrition of qualified trainers due to irregular employment, limited career advancement opportunities, and low-pay. Moreover, the document also gives strategies to improve the efficiency of existing trainers through recognition, performance evaluation, motivation, and up-skilling.

Shri Atul Kumar Tiwari, Secretary, Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship said, “The Trainer Development Strategy for the Skilling Ecosystem – framework and guidelines – is a testament of the collaborative efforts of the Government, Industry and Academia which will pave the way for stronger skilling ecosystem with a holistic approach to trainer development. With the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship in its tenth year, it is important to focus on the potential areas of development as much as it is important to relive the achievements. I firmly believe efforts such as these will consolidate on the good work that the Ministry is doing and will strengthen the ecosystem further.”

The recommendations will be validated in different Indian states to gather the responses of trainers, learners, and other stakeholders of the skilling ecosystem before its large-scale implementation.

Adding to that, Aakash Sethi, CEO, Quest Alliance said that by integrating digital content and resources into classroom learning, we are ensuring that India’s workforce is equipped with the skills required to thrive in the 21st-century economy. “We believe that this initiative will not only address the current gaps in the TVET sector but also pave the way for a more dynamic and efficient skilling ecosystem in India. Trainers must be prepared and ahead of industry trends to effectively equip the workforce with the skills needed to meet industry demands,” he added.

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