As per ‘India Skills Report 2019’, 84 per cent of Indian students prefer internships. However, only 37 per cent of organisations provide such opportunities for students. This makes a strong case for internships to be made compulsory starting from Intermediate students and exposing them to apply the concepts learnt in a particular skill domain practically, in the school itself.
An apprenticeship could be the best model to skill India’s blue-collar workforce. It will not just enhance employability and reduce joblessness, but from an employer perspective, it will lead to improved skills, productivity and professionalism.