‘To Educate’ is not just to inform…it is ‘to train for a particular skill set’. Correct as it may be, this definition has lost its truth over time. As education systems got more complex, they got isolated from their main purpose. Education, industry and the student became pictures on different canvases rather than integral parts of the same painting.
A recently released report by Mc Kinsey titled ‘Education to employment: Designing a system that works’ shows 53% of employers in India see lack of skill as the primary reason for entry-level vacancies. Educational qualifications are not equipping individuals with the skill sets required by the industry leaving young people at x% more risk of unemployment that their parents.
This predicament has plagued many countries the world over. One does not require a report to understand the obvious solution – collaboration. The students, educators and industry leaders have to converge their efforts to tap the potential of a young country like India. While the educators provide the theoretical and simulated knowledge on a subject, industries can contribute towards further development of skill sets in individuals, through hands-on training on projects set in real world scenarios.
Making Indians ‘job ready’ is not just the responsibility of the government or the educational institutions. Companies have an equal responsibility in developing individuals to take on
responsibilities in the world.
While suggestions for developing an effective model, that bridges the education to employment gap, can be read here, we at Rustomjee are doing our part in making India ‘job ready’.
The real estate sector has two broad manpower shortages. One being skill shortage the sector also needs more engineers – engineers to work with architects, oversee construction, manage site realities, liaise with municipal corporations. To resolve this, Rustomjee conceptualized Rustomjee Academy for Global Careers(RAGC) in 2008, to bring the youth up to speed with the prevailing requirement.
One of the main objective of this initiative is to train and create world-class knowledge workers with optimized skill thereby providing gainful employment opportunities through industry interface. For the very first time in India, programs that are equivalent to 12th Standard are being offered, giving students a vertical progression in qualification (diploma to degree) & career in their area of specialization. It is affiliated to EDexcel program which is a leading international board in Europe and Maharashtra Broad of Vocational Education.
The institute enlightens, empowers and engages the underprivileged youths, enhances their vocational skills and helps them in getting employment. The institute has centers at Thane, Dahisar and Dahanu and has adopted ITI centres at Khar, Karjat and Gadchiroli. RAGC has helped students specialize so that they get role-ready when they are recruited. The institute has trained more than 10,000 students, placed across five-star hotels like Four Seasons, JW Marriott, Taj Hotels, etc. and automobile companies like Tata Motors, Jaguar Land Rover, Renault, as well as real estate companies.
RAGC has also been awarded A+ Gradation by the Government of Maharashtra and also have won the title of Best Vocational Training Provider by the UK India British Council and FICCI.