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‘Skill training has become a numbers game’

The crisis of youth unemployment – especially educated unemployment – has become a major area of policy concern, one that has been reframed as that of ‘skills deficit’. While employers often complain about the ‘unemployability’ of potential hires, countless educated youth are unable to find jobs that meet their expectations.


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These issues were explored in a field-based study of skilling and service sector employment conducted by the Institute for Social and Economic Change (ISEC) and the National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS), Bengaluru, during 2017-19.

Among other interesting insights, the study found that skill training organizations in Bengaluru are highly motivated by the goal of alleviating poverty through training and job placement especially by targeting youth from poor, rural backgrounds with at least a Class X education.

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