The Centre has stated that the Prime Ministers of Australia and India have made skill development a priority area of engagement in multiple sub-domains such as skill delivery, quality assessments and creation of transnational standards to ensure international mobility of India’s workforce.
This was stated by Rajiv Pratap Rudy, Union Minister of State Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, who was speaking at the 4th Australia India Skill Conference 2017 held in conjunction with visit of the Australian Prime Minister to India.
The conference was organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) in partnership with the Department of Education & Training, Government of Australia, under the ambit of the Australia India Education Council. The conference focused on the significance of technology and automation to the jobs of the future.
Senator Birmingham, Minister for Education & Training, Australia, announced that Australia will collaborate with India to build capacity of 400,000 Indian trainers and assessors over the next few years. A joint working group is addressing the roadmap for this. The Minister added that the programme would also look at scaling up the number of apprentices in India.
The ‘International Trainers & Assessors Training Courses’ were launched by the two Ministers as a joint initiative between the Government of Australia and MSDE-National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC). The conference also witnessed signing of two MoUs for skill development initiatives.
Pramod Bhasin, Chairman, CII National Committee on Skill Development, and Founder Genpact, stated that the bilateral relationships have gone beyond trade to encompass skills education and innovation.
Rajesh Agrawal, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, stressed that given the large number of Indian youth entering the workforce each year, India has to look at successful skill delivery models from Australia. He added that technology would be the biggest driver to ensure scalability.
Manish Kumar, CEO, NSDC, said that WorldSkills Competition provides a platform to showcase skills.
Key speakers from Australia were: Megan Lilly, Head- Workforce Development, Australian Industry Group; Michael de Souza, CEO Australian 3D Manufacturing Association; Petr Adamek, CEO, Canberra Innovation Network; Jen Bahen, TAFE Directors Australia and Jeanette Allen, Director WorldSkills Australia.