However, the quality of vocational training in the existing system is sub-par. There are high barriers to entry under the current set-up. For instance, the existing structure requires secondary education (class VIII) as a prerequisite for enrolment into vocational training schemes thereby restricting a significant proportion of illiterate or less educated workers from even entering into the formal training system. Such barriers must be lowered.
The need of the hour is a much stronger partnership between Government and Industry to ensure that the quality of ITIs improves significantly and a greater synergy is ensured among the various programs of ministries.
By Amit Pandey, Indian School of Business
NOTE: The views expressed are those of the author alone