Skill gap among unemployed class, a cause of concern

As part of World Skill Day today, various organisations came together tofoster the acquisition of skills by youth to enhance their ability and to empower them to gain access to changing labour markets.

With the percentage of unemployed youth increasing everyday and lack of skills being the reason, organisations such as BHIWI, Apna Desh, RIIIT, MTAA, Safe Wheels, GSS and RBI (Mudra) have initiated a skill development programme ‘Empowering India’.

Youth under the programme are given skill-oriented training and will be assisted with jobs in accordance with their qualification. While a five-month-long skill development training would be provided to engineers, job seekers who have passed eighth standard and looking for group D jobs would be provided occasional training.The organisations have a tie-up with various companies. Job seekers are asked to submit their resumes on 15th of every month at the Town Hall. The resumes then will be forwarded to the companies depending upon their requirement.

“Many students perform well in their academics and yet fail to land up with a job. Lack of skills and not academic knowledge is cited as the reason for rejection by the companies. Skill development is the area wherein we need to turn our focus on,” said former minister S A Ramadas. A significant skill gap among the unemployed class is the cause of concern and the reason for their unemployment, he added.

Hailing the central government’s schemes Skill India, Startup India and Stand up India which aims at ensuring all the youth are employable, Ramadas said that “skill is the only currency that is acceptable all over the world. With skills coupled with degrees, you can promote and market yourself to any of the highest paying job in the world,” he said.

On the occasion, RIIIT was bestowed with India Education Award for being the best occasion training institute in IT sector.

Chairman, Builders’ Association of India (BAI), Mysuru, K Subramania, President Sriram, and Chairman, RIIIT, Venkatesh were present.

Shocking data

According to Aspiring Minds National Employability report, which is based on a study of more than 1,50,000 engineering students who graduated in 2015 from over 650 colleges, 80% of the them are unemployable. The report hints at a significant skill gap among the engineer graduates.

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