The Tata Group will be the "knowledge partner" of the labour ministry in framing the National Employment Policy (NEP) and in converting employment exchanges into national career service facilities.
According to the MoU signed between Tata and Directorate General of Employment and Training (DGET), India's leading corporate house will "work closely in providing thought leadership, conceptual framework, benchmark, policy and process in the NEP and affirmative action for national career service portal”. The Tatas will also help the labour ministry in developing effective and scalable models for industry-ITI-career centre collaboration.
DGET also signed an MoU with Flipkart, Raymond, Gujarat Industrial Power Company, Cadilla Pharma and LabourNet for customised vocational training programmes. Flipkart will help MSMEs and artisans in building capabilities and improving competitiveness, while Raymond will conduct training programmes on garment manufacturing. GIPCL adopted two ITIs in tribal-dominated areas of Gujarat where it will provide courses on instrument mechanic and electrician for power plant to students.
The flexi-MoUs, which are a first of its kind and unique, will give companies flexibility to design training programmes at ITIs in a manner that the youth are skilled according to the specific needs of the industry. "The challenge before India is how to forge a winning partnership. How do we come together for mutual benefits?" said labour secretary Gauri Kumar.
Since the country has limited infrastructure, the government is looking at partnerships wherein companies can volunteer to help develop a last-mile employability module, she said, stressing on the need for a collaboration between industry clusters, ITIs, state governments and career centres to provide training to youth that is in line with industry needs.
DGET Alok Kumar said the government is undertaking a massive effort along with the industry to re-establish the brand equity of ITIs and transform employment exchanges into career centres. Terming the new partnership between government and private firms as exemplary, CII director general Chandrajit Banerjee said human capital is the force behind economic growth and will play an important role in the growth prospects of India. "We will make India the talent capital of the world," he said.