HYDERABAD: IndiaSkills, a vocational training initiative from Manipal Education Group plans to open at least 30 vocational training centers across the country in next five years. The company today opened its first IndiaSkills branch in Hyderabad and plans to expands the number to 9 centers in the state of Andhra Pradesh.
The institute plans to open its centers in half the number of the districts and mid size towns across the country. IndiaSkills, is join initiative Manipal Education, and City and Guilds, a leading provider of work- related assessment and qualifications. “The India labour report and the recent Global Economic Forum have predicted shortage of skilled manpower globally. While the level of unemployment is 7 per cent, underemployment hovers above 50 per cent owing to lack of skills. One-third of the work force in the world will be without the relevant skills by 2020. Between 2020 and 2030 US will have a skill shortage of around 26 million people,” said K.C. Reddy, Chairman, AP State Council of Higher Education, addressing the media announcing the launch of the training centre.
“The Indian economy will need three crore skilled hands across the manufacturing and services sectors. We hope to fill this void. Of the 31 lakh job seekers registered with employment exchanges in Andhra Pradesh, 57 per cent (18 lakh) do not have any skills,” said Hari Menon, CEO, IndiaSkills. Responding to queries on the fee structure for the courses, Mr Menon said:” The fee structure will be linked to the likely salary to be earned and range between Rs 9,000 and Rs 15,000 averaging around Rs 10,000. We are closely associated with industry majors like Reliance, Khadim’s, Café Coffee Day among others and can place people.” “IndiaSkills zeroed in on Andhra Pradesh to open its first training centre as the State has pioneered in many fields like IT, agriculture among others,” said V. Sivaramakrishnan, Principal Officer, Distributed Learning and Chief Marketing Officer, Manipal Education, Board of Directors, IndiaSkills.
A mason certified by IndiaSkills would stand to get a better pay in the Gulf. The first centre would be run by Sai Career Skills, Mr Sivaramakrishnan said. The training centre opened by IndiaSkills will initially train candidates in retail, hospitality and spoken English and expand them to sectors like media and entertainment, healthcare, construction, automobile, BFSI (Wealth management and insurance), security guards and hair and beauty sectors. The IndiaSkills centres will have 30 courses across 10 sectors to be launched in the next five years.