Vocational education system boosts the country’s economy. Indian manufacturers have been reporting a “skills gap” between the talent they need and what’s available on the job market. Effective job training programs could help reduce that skills gap, putting people back to work and supersede vacancies within Local/National Businesses. College and technical expertise in areas like science, technology, engineering and medical are one of the surest routes to a high-paying job today. Apprenticeships and trade schools can provide career training and intellectual development for economically unstable young adults or kids with disabilities or those who feel like college is not their cup of tea.
What is Vocational Training?
It is education and training that provides the necessary knowledge and skills for employment. It is said to be important for social equity and inclusion, as well as for the sustainability of development. It provides job-specific technical training for work in the trades. It mainly focuses on providing students with hands-on instruction and can lead to certification, a diploma or certificate. Most VET programmes are dual-track, combining part-time classroom instruction at a vocational school with a part-time apprenticeship at a hosting company, with more days of the week spent at the workplace. The system allows young people to acquire professional skills that are in demand and paves the way into the labor market. But this does not mean their education is necessarily over when the apprenticeship is completed in three or four years.
When that upper secondary level is completed, there is the option to move directly to tertiary level professional education or to begin at a later stage. This route provides professionals with additional skills and prepares them for highly technical and managerial positions. Students who are not ready to begin an apprenticeship or go to baccalaureate school when they finish lower secondary level at 16 have the option to do a 10th school year, a pre-apprenticeship or attend a school that prepares young people for enrolment in VET. We are a county which stands with the second highest population in the world that too 600 million young more than half India’s population. The sheer number of young people has yet to become an asset: only 2.3% of the Indian workforce has had formal training. The manpower can help us to become the king of manufacturing industry. The world has money and industries but no youth to run them, India can globally supply manpower for running the industries. For that, we need to train our assets. We need to nurture them with technical and management skills.
Today, Rajasthan has institutions of National repute IIT, IIM, AIIMS, National Law School. Rajasthani youth are acquiring skills that make them employable. Just running after a degree has become a thing of the past. Enterprise has always been a part of Rajasthan’s DNA. An average Rajasthani is industrious and ready to take risks. Now, add to this the incredible energy of youth who are carving out their own future through startups that deal with smart solutions for everyday problems. Our youth and our small businesses are taking advantage of a reformed policy framework that allows them to breathe life into their own creations.