With jobs in the corporate sector booming, finding the right people for entry
or base-level jobs is a major problem being faced by Indian corporates.
the workers for the base level jobs hail from the villages, they lack the attitude
as well as the aptitude to work in a corporate set up. And corporates find it
costly to impart the needed soft skills.
According to a 2001 Planning
Commission report, nearly 44 per cent of workers in India are illiterate and 22.7
per cent have undergone primary schooling. Only 5 per cent of the work force in
the age group 20-24 years had vocational skills. And only 10.1 per cent of male
workers and 6 per cent of the female workers have marketable skills.
this, there is an urgent need to conduct at least pre-employment soft skill development
programmes for those aspiring for entry or base-level corporate jobs.
companies - Marg Constructions Limited, Larsen and Toubro Limited (L&T), Lakshmi
Machine Works Limited (LMW) and Tamil Nadu Road Development Company Limited (TNRDC)
- have decided to involve themselves in the grass root level skill development
initiative of Confederation of Indian Industry-Southern Region (CII-SR).
B. Santhanam, chairman, Task Force on Skills, Employability and Affirmative Action,
CII-SR said, "We have tied up with couple of non governmental organisations
(NGO) and staffing companies for this pilot programme."
to him, NGOs like Anusuya Foundation and Hand-in-Hand would identify the trainers
and the trainees. On their part, the staffing companies would give priority to
the trainees in their recruitment.
While the trainers would be paid around
Rs5,000 per month, the trainees will be paid a daily stipend of Rs50, during the
month-long training programme, which the four corporates would bear.
to Santhanam, the idea is to train around 5,000 people over a period of 18 months
in soft skills like communication, time management, prioritisation of work and
Marg Constructions sponsors the programme in Cheyyur near Chennai,
LMW at Coimbatore , L&T at Thoppur in Tamil Nadu and TNRDC in Chennai, he
While this is at the grass root level, CII-SR has signed Memorandum
of Understanding with University of Madras and Andhra Pradesh University whereby
soft skills will be incorporated in the post graduate curriculum.
it would be implemented in the undergraduate level," he added.
said in order to highlight the issue of skill development at the national level
CII-SR is holding conclave on Building Skills: Building India in Hyderabad on
26-27, October 2007.