Need for a Holistic approach to skilling


November 19, 2016

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November-December 2016

The critical path needs to be defined that really can help the program authority and policy makers to break the ice between the object (Mass) and objective (skilled in Odisha).


What are the major focus areas for skill development in your state? Which sectors are best suited for your state and the youth there? 

The major focus areas in our state are mass mobilization through district administration and the partner’s initiative; chose the best partners to do skilling; creating 800 master trainers to be deployed by PIAs for skilling; non-negotiable skilling, living, food, job and salary condition; migration support centers to strengthen post placement retention; feedback and tracking mechanism by GRS, District coordinators, District administration and Panchayats to understand the ground reality. The Masses to be focused are rural youth who can be a great supplement to the work force; tribal/ under privileged youth for sartorial growth; rural women for a better economical supplement; and special drive for PWD called “Divyang” skill force (Under Proposal). The most suitable sectors that we focus are Coastal zone and sea food; Agriculture; Small and micro industry and production; Wild life and forest products; Mines and minerals; Art, craft, culture and tourism; and Hospitality sector in all the above.

What scope do you see for collaboration with EU in this? What kind of activities has already been undertaken in this regard?

A Collaboration with EU can leverage the “Skilled in Odisha” movement in 2 ways. First, manufacturing sector skill basics like barbwire, mason, electrical, mechanical, turning, blacksmith, winding, skilled and ornamental carpentry. And the other, nonmanufacturing sector basics like hospitality, retails, BPO- voice, BPONon voice, personality development, soft skill, and most importantly communication. The EU inputs to above sectors for syllabus design, supporting system design, critical node solutions and trainer quality assurance can be a milestone. A future scope for candidate exchange program, trainer exchange program, product and producer display in EU market and supervision of the all skilling program is in an active agenda. And the steps taken so far are Organized ToT (Train of Trainers) with the conjunction with Australian High Commission in 2015-16 – Commonwealth Education has proposed to do it in 2016-17; undergoing skill gap study with ILO (International Labor Organization) in 3 districts as pilot; tracking mechanism with PIA inputs and GRS from the Districts is still going.


Odisha delegation at TUV Rheinland academy, Cologne

What are the recent trends and targets of Odisha in terms of economic development? 

It is imperative to get a glimpse of the humble beginning and development of this Society, which initially cherished to provide marketing support to the rural producer/ products for the larger goal of economic empowering of poor. ORMAS trail a robust intervention strategy on capacity building of the rural producers for role evolution of the community and then gradual withdrawal from it for self-management of enterprises. It ensures empowerment of the rural producers with sustainability. At the micro level, the strategy is to create successful models of enterprises and at the macro level to influence the policy decision in favour of the community. Some of the programs are Programme for economic upliftment of rural producers; Intervention for promoting the marketing of rural products; and Facilitate for a sustainable livelihood of the rural poor.

What are the main challenges that the state faces today and how international/European experts and training companies can help in this regard?

The challenges we face now are mostly trainer quality; specific demand driven skill gap study, retention of candidates, and course wire that leads to a complete knowledge base; and holistic skilling approach to real time skill environment.

European Experts, training organizations can study the Odisha model of skilling and add their valued inputs to this with a detailed explanation of demographical demands and geographical hurdles. Also, the critical path to the cultural and financial equation of the tribal as well as coastal population needs to be defined. That really can help the program authority and policy makers to break the ice between the object (Mass) and objective (skilled in Odisha).

What are your objectives in the IISDS and what kind of takeaways are you looking for ?

On 10th of Nov 2016, Odisha government had displayed one day workshop and orientation for “Skilled in Odisha” where we have displayed the core objective of our program – the 3 pillars of partnership those can make it stand successfully. The Project Implementation Agencies (to carry out operation), the employers (to make the program objective successful), and Government (to look after the whole system to effective execution). We are now looking forward to any model that can be applicable to our operational acceleration, valid inputs of European and national experts to our vision, plan, goal and work break down structure, and support system that we can explore to make our program even more successful. The takeaways we are looking forward are simple – Bridging platform between various governments, private sectors and civil society players to rapidly build up a vibrant skill development partnership with International Countries, Companies & Institutes, those who have a satisfactory experience in this field.