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Videos – Panel Discussion On Leveraging Apprenticeships – Part-II

India Apprenticeship Forum hosted its flagship event “Leveraging The Power Of Apprenticeships For Creating Human Capital”, on 20th December 2019, at Taj MG Road in Bengaluru.

The panel discussed various nuances of apprenticeships bringing in views from the academia, industry and the government.

The panel members were,

  • Prof. Thimme Gowda, First Vice-Chancellor, Karnataka State Rural Development & Panchayat Raj University, Gadag
  • Anita Borulkar, VP, HR, Bharat Fritz Werner
  • Balaji Babu, Zonal Head, HR, Fortis Healthcare
  • Swetha D’Souza, General Manager, HR, Swiggy
  • Surajit Roy, Senior Head, Apprenticeship Division, NSDC, and
  • Sumit Kumar, Vice President, NETAP, TeamLease Skills University, who moderated the discussion.

We present here Part II of the video snippets of the panel discussion.

Lack of participation of employers from apprenticeships

Anita Borulkar, VP, HR, Bharat Fritz Werner says that the industry needs to have a formal setup to handle apprenticeship as a talent pipeline and social responsibility.

The workforce in a formal structured training

Balaji Babu, Zonal Head, Fortis Healthcare says “Apprenticeship is a win-win situation for both the organisation and helps the youth to deal with unemployment.”

Counselling the students becomes highly critical

Swetha D’Souza, General Manager, HR, Swiggy says “The academia and the skills counsellor should be looking at what is required today in the industry and where are the students fitting in where there is enough demand.

Employers, industry, and academia participating together to reform 

Prof. Thimme Gowda, First Vice-Chancellor, Karnataka State Rural Development & Panchayat Raj University, Gadag says academia has realised the need for the apprenticeships program hence they can structure a program with the assistance of the industry and work together to reform the learning landscape for the country.

Trends in the industry for apprenticeships 

Surajit Roy, Senior Head, Apprenticeship Division, NSDC, says that the value of prepositions is driven, the industry-led program in apprenticeship has achieved in less than two years is equal to the government-led program which is a huge achievement for the industry.


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Proposal to the government to make apprenticeship more conducive

Prof. Thimme Gowda, First Vice-Chancellor, Karnataka State Rural Development & Panchayat Raj University, Gadag says “There should be a strong interaction between the industry and academia in structuring a program and executing it to suit the industry standards .”

Recommends ease of documentation

Swetha D’Souza, General Manager, HR, Swiggy says, “Make it more on a pull than a push for the apprenticeship to the industry  and there is a continuous need for ease of documentation.”

Recommends the regulator to make soft skills to be a part of the apprenticeship

Anita Borulkar, VP, HR, Bharat Fritz Werner says “there is a need for the soft skills to be a part of apprenticeship as there is a fall out on apprentice due to financial issues.”

Balaji Babu, Zonal Head, Fortis Healthcare expressed optimism about being able to manage the process easy through the online portal.

Apprenticeship as an obligation

Surajit Roy, Senior Head, Apprenticeship Division, NSDC, says apprenticeship has a huge potential in India. There should be a pull from the industry where the apprenticeship program is executed as per the demand and need of the Industry.

We look forward to your feedback on the blog posts and the videos we have shared from the event.

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