CII plans skill development initiatives in Kerala, ties up with ICAI

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Trivandrum: In just three weeks after tying up with Nasscom for a skill development programme for the IT & ITeS sector in Kerala, the Government of Kerala has signed a MoU with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in India (ICAI) for a similar programme for the Financial Services sector targeted at +2 and undergraduate students in Kerala under a PPP model. The initiative, spearheaded by CII, Kerala, aims to make the students passing out from colleges employable.

The MoU was signed between M Sivasankar IAS, Secretary, General Education Department, GoK and Rakesh Singh, President, ICAI in the presence of Shri P K Abdu Rabb, Minister for Education and S Ramadorai, Advisor to the Prime Minister on National Skill Development Council, V K Mathews, Chairman, CII Kerala State Council & Executive Chairman, IBS and G Vijayaraghavan, Member, State Planning Board, at the Kerala Skills Conclave 2012 organised by CII in Thiruvananthapuram on August 22, 2012.

In his address, Ramadorai said that collective action for skill development will lead to economic progress on multiple fronts and this should be seen as a social tool for peace and prosperity. The country is looking at a target of 500 million by 2022. The National Skill Development Council is engaging 10 most populous States to achieve this target. “Government must be enablers and should invest in ecosystems where PPP models are attractive for industry. Industry engagement with vocational training has to move from CSR to a core business strategy. Cluster based approach is another strategy for skill development”, he added.

In India, a PPP model is being created through Sector Skill Councils or SSC for different sector. Kerala is known for its high quality manpower but to leverage this advantage, the State will need to invest in training infrastructure. He expressed his optimism on Kerala’s success in creating an integrated, outcome based skill development programme to make the State a talent hub.

Government Officials and representatives from various sectors like Banking & Financial Services, Healthcare, Tourism & Hospitality, Retail, IT & ITeS participated in a panel discussion on ‘Bridging the Skill Gap’ to identity the issues in getting skilled manpower in Kerala.

Anil Philip
Kerala Biz News

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