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Feb, 02 2017

The Advent of Edupreneurs

The demand of skilled workers for technical and vocational training has increased immensely. Read the new trends that are taking place in this sector

With the changing time, students are getting more opportunities to learn not only books, but also how to apply that knowledge in practical, and getting an actual chance to apply that knowledge. They learn how to interact and be productive at the workplace and how to be trained for the environment they will soon be working in. Today many vocational schools, colleges and universities namely NIIT, Aptech, Aisect, Cadd Centre, Jetking, et al have started adopting these types of educational programmes.

According to Technopak analysis, there were almost 20,000 vocational schools in India run by government ITI, polytechnics, private ITI, and other private training centers. The annual demand for vocational institutes was 10 million students, whereas the supply was only 3 million students, thus, creating a huge shortfall of need-gap by 7 million. Many international players in this field are recognizing these opportunities and have entered India with their skill development programms.

Franz Probst, Founder & Chairman of SkillSonics, speaks about the role that technology has played in delivering these courses. “We have right possibilities available. However, the hands-on practical training cannot or only to a limited extent be replaced be e-learning or simulation. Our courses imbue soft skills such as timeliness, communication, workplace organization skills. This cannot be taught in classrooms, but needs to be demonstrated, rehearsed and practiced. Our courseware is digitalized, where this makes sense and we use demonstration videos and other tools to ensure maximum efficiency.”

Franchising Benefits

The purpose behind skilled education is to provide a foundation that enable high school students to be gainfully employed after graduation. These offer a sequence of course supplemented by work-based experiences, such as internships or apprenticeships. These work experiences remain a hallmark of career and technical education. Likewise, Shivan Bhargava, Group President- Skills & Careers Group, NIIT, stated, “Our USP has been the standardization of student learning experience through our curriculum, teaching methodology, staff member selection and training, infrastructure and certification. The distributed education model with integrated process management aspects make NIIT’s franchising model stand out uniquely.”

“MAAC has a robust support system for franchisees in order to ensure smooth management and operations. MAAC offers tailor-made courses that meet industry requirements, best in-class infrastructure and placements. A set of planned and judiciously implemented measures give MAAC a consistent edge over competition. MAAC’s hands-on approach ensures that students benefit from the finest quality of learning,” shared Ram Warrier, Senior Vice-President & Head, MAAC.

Future Plans

After this tremendous development in such a short span, it is said that in future, India will made tremendous progress in skilling its people. Amit Agrawal, Chairman, Times & Trends Academy, said: “We would open 180 centers in India, out of which 12 would be master franchisee and rest unit franchisees. We’d have a big online presence with a turnover of Rs 1,000 crore. Over the coming years, with workforce demanding more skilled labour, skill education in India is going to rise by leaps and bounds and this would pave way for aspiring edupreneurs.”

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