|Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Overview of work accomplished under TA 8010 as of 30 June 2015
With Sector Skills Councils
1. Based on detailed consultations with the Healthcare Sector Skill Council (HSSC), the Construction Skill Development Council of India (CSDCI), and NSDC, and a review of international best practices, drafts of the following have been prepared:
(i) Manual for the development of National Occupational Standards (NOS) and Qualifications Packs (QP): This will provide a standard template to guide the development of future NOSs and QPs to be developed by the other SSCs, and those that are in the process of being established. This will help to assure quality and harmonize standards for skill development across all SSCs.
(ii) NOS and QPs for the job roles of Radiation Therapy Technologist and Central Sterilisation Department Technician under the HSSC: These NOSs and QPs will set the benchmark for developing similar NOSs and QPs for other job roles falling within the HSSC.
(iii) NOS and QPs for the job roles of Road Surveyor and Road Layering Supervisor under the CSDCI: These NOSs and QPs will set the benchmark for developing similar NOSs and QPs for other job roles falling within the CSDCI.
(iv) Quality Assurance (QA) Guidelines for the affiliation of assessment bodies and training providers pertaining to CSDCI and HSSC: In addition to strengthening the QA process for these 2 SSCs, these guidelines will provide templates that can be used by NSDC to harmonize the QA process for other SSCs.
(v) Outreach and campaign material for the CSDCI and HSSC: These comprise communication toolkits summarizing key messages to industry champions, sample brochures and pamphlets, and SMS messages that can be used to reach out to trainees, training providers, and potential employers. Career counselling and social awareness guides for the QPs of CSDCI and HSSC have also been prepared.
(vi) Study on the best practices and models of financing skill development initiatives through the PPP route, with special focus on ensuring the long-term sustainability of the SSCs.
(vii) Create a basic framework for Labor Market Information System (LMIS) for SSCs and SSDMs, with special reference to data capture and analysis.
(viii) Draft reports to guide SSCs and State Skill Development Missions on regular monitoring and evaluation of their skills training programs.
With the states of Kerala and Assam
2. Support is also being provided under TA 8010 to the Additional Skill Acquisition Program (ASAP), Government of Kerala (GOK), to link up more effectively with NSDC's national level PPP initiatives. (Under the $100 million loan number 3188, Supporting Kerala's Additional Skill Acquisition Program (ASAP) for Post-basic Education , which was approved on 19 November, 2014, ADB is assisting the Department of Higher Education, Government of Kerala, to provide market-driven vocational training and career counseling to students at the higher secondary (grades 11 and 12) and undergraduate levels so that they become more market-ready by the time they graduate. The ASAP Secretariat has been established under the Department of Higher Education as the implementing agency of this loan.) The ASAP Secretariat has signed memorandum of understanding with 9 SSCs (Automotive, Capital Goods, Gems and Jewelry, Health care, Hospitality, Media and Entertainment, Plumbing, Rubber, Telecommunication) and several industry associations (e.g., Kerala Master Printers Association; Institute of Cost Accountants of India (ICAI); Indian Dental Association; Kerala Press Academy; Kerala Master Printers' Association; National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSMCOM)). Support is being provided under TA 8010 in the following areas:
(i) Getting information on NOS and QPs relevant for ASAP from SSCs and industry associations. This will help ASAP in conducting industry relevant training programs.
(ii) Coordinating with SSCs and industry associations to explore good internship opportunities for ASAP trainees.
(iii) Getting up-to-date information on demand for skilled labor, within and outside Kerala, from the SSCs and industry associations so that placement opportunities for ASAP certificate holders are increased.
(iv) Guiding the training service providers (TSPs) to improve training quality so that the competency levels specified in the NOS and QPs are attained. This will ensure that the outcomes of the training are measured in an objective manner, and help the ASAP secretariat in enforcing quality among the TSPs.
(v) Helping the ASAP team in designing relevant manuals for capturing the current status/standard of each TSP in areas such as curriculum mapping to QPs, courseware like curriculum, trainer guides, participant manuals, assessment manuals, and trainer aids, trainer numbers, trainer quality, training management, and management information system (MIS), etc. Based on these, focused capacity building support will be provided to the TSPs.
(vi) Coordinating and refining the model of Community Skill Parks (CSPs), and discussing this concept with NSDC and SSCs to create a PPP model whereby, O&M of these facilities can be handed over to the private sector.
3. The ASAP secretariat signed a memorandum of understanding with the NSDC on 10 December 2014. This is helping it to tap into NSDC's network of SSCs and experienced TSPs to raise the quality of skills training in Kerala, in particular, focusing on close alignment of curriculum to NOS and QPs, training of trainers, assessment of trainers and trainees, and industry placements and internships. This type of intensive engagement between ASAP and NSDC (and the SSCs and TSPs) provides a good example to other state governments of how to tap the potential of the private sector in skills training, and aligning skill development initiatives to the needs of the market.
4. A workshop was conducted on 30 January 2015 at The Lalit Hotel, Delhi, to provide an opportunity for the ASAP Secretariat to sign MOUs with relevant SSCs, and for ADB to refine the draft reports and manuals prepared under TA 8010. There were nearly 150 participants representing ASAP, NSDC, around 30 sector skills councils (SSCs), plus some national training providers. Mr. Dilip Chenoy, Managing Director of NSDC, gave the keynote address. He highlighted the innovativeness of the ASAP initiative and the commitment of the state to improve the quality and effectiveness of their training programs. He urged the SSCs to engage closely with ASAP since this would be a win-win for both parties. While ASAP would get industry inputs for identifying training needs, internships, and placement opportunities, training of trainers, and assessment of trainees (and therefore, of how effective the skill training programs are), the SSCs would be able to source good quality trainees to their respective industries and sectors, within and outside Kerala. The SSCs would earn revenue in return for their assessment services which will contribute to their long-run financial health.
5. Mr. M. T. Reju, CEO, ASAP, provided an overview of the ASAP initiative, the progress made to date, and the support it needs in quality assurance, design of courses, and internships / placements. He urged the SSCs to enhance their engagement with Kerala, and assured full support for facilitating the establishment of Business Advisory Councils (BACs), which will work as state level chapters for the SSCs. A short movie on ASAP was also shown. Thereafter, Mr. Reju signed MOUs with 6 SSCs including Apparel, Life Sciences, Logistics, Retail, Security, and Tourism and Hospitality. ASAP has therefore, signed MOUs with a total of 16 SSCs to date. The other 10 SSCs are Telecom, Plumbing, Healthcare, Gems and Jewelry, Rubber, Media and Entertainment, Electronics, Automotive, Capital goods, and Agriculture.
MOUs will also be signed with the SSCs for Banking, Financial Services, and Insurance (BFSI), and Beauty and Wellness.
6. The break-out sessions that followed were unique in the sense that for the first time, members of a state level skill development team (i.e ASAP) interfaced closely with representatives of 30 SSCs and several training partners to carve out mutually acceptable processes in critical areas such as curriculum alignment, training of trainers, assessment and certification, and design and operation of training facilities (i.e. CSPs). These sessions were appreciated by one and all as there was great learning of each other's viewpoint, and a process document could be successfully validated.