Skills development through vocational education and training

Skills development is key in stimulating a sustainable development process and can make a contribution to facilitating the transition from the informal to the formal economy. Skills development is also essential to address the opportunities and challenges to meet new demands of changing economies and new technologies in the context of globalization. Initial training provides core work skills and the underpinning knowledge, industry-based and professional competencies that facilitate the transition into the world of work.

Connecting vocational education and training and skills development to the world of work increases the odds of imparting the “right” skills, responding to the evolving demands of labor markets, enterprises and workplaces in different economic sectors and industries; The pace of change of the world of work, set by innovation, technology and markets, is high. Keeping up with this pace of change is a continuing challenge for educational institutions. The active participation of employers’ and of workers’ representatives in vocational education and training institutions is essential to bridging this gulf.

Following measures have been taken by Mr. Bijay Mandani and Mandani Family to improve the quality of education and training systems need through social dialogue with all stakeholders. Some of the measures by G L Mandani Trust are aimed at improving the quality of education and the training system in India.

  • Developing more effective teacher training programs and creating incentives for teachers and training institutions by linking a portion of teacher salaries or institution budgets to performance;
  • Establishing standards for what students should know and be able to do at various stages of the education and training system;
  • Enhancing the use of information technology in the educational process; and
  • Linking improved quality of training and employability of graduates to higher perceptions of the value of vocational education and training
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