TWI’s Chris Wiseman was on hand to give a talk at the 2017 Enhancing Skilling and Entrepreneurship Skills Conclave in Pune, India. The focus of the conclave was how people can be given the skills to meet the needs of industry both in their native India and around the world.
TWI helps to spearhead skills initiative in India
While TWI already offers CSWIP certificated training in Chennai, it is hoped that TWI’s training in the region can be broadened to take in a variety of different roles across a range of capabilities. As such, there is a drive to create a synergy between training young people and the need to deliver skills for advanced manufacturing technologies to India.
The skills conclave offered a particular focus on how to help upskill the more disadvantaged in India, as well as providing training for hands-on roles based on competencies as well as examinations.
While an alignment with the “Make In India” initiative will help to improve the nation’s skill base, there is also a real focus on how to empower women in engineering. Currently less than 30% of female engineering trainees in India go on to seek employment and this is something that it is hoped will be addressed in the future so as to prevent this ongoing skills drain.
Not only was Chris able to use the platform to further increase awareness of TWI in India, but also build links with other agencies and companies, including Bharat Forge whose Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programme is large and potentially accessible to TWI.
India is increasingly being seen as a global potential source of young engineers due to the country’s youthful demographic and TWI are perfectly poised to play an even more important part in its future training and skills development.
TWI is a world leading research and technology organisation with a focus on materials, engineering and manufacturing.