World Youth Skills Day 2016: What Industry Leaders have to Say? - WorldHRDiary

July 15, 2016

World Youth Skills Day 2016: What Industry Leaders have to Say?

WHRD Bureau
New Delhi

World Youth Skills Day presents an opportunity to come together and recognize the importance of youth skills development, giving youth the chance to contribute to their communities’, countries’ and international sustainable development.

According to a recent International Labour Organization (ILO) publication, 73.4 million young people were estimated to be unemployed in 2015 (13.1% youth unemployment rate), and this figure is expected to increase in most regions by 2017. One reason for youth unemployment is structural unemployment, a mismatch between the skills that workers in the economy can offer and the skills demanded of workers by employers. Structural unemployment affects all regions around the world and it impacts not only economies but also hampers the transition to equitable and inclusive societies envisaged in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

On the occasion of ‘World Youth Skills Day 2016’, we feature the opinion of few thought leaders in India. Let us find out what they have to say:  

Dr. Ajay Kela, President and CEO, WadhwaniFoundation, "As India celebrates World Youth Skills Day 2016, the creation of a high-quality skilling ecosystem that results in family supporting wages for the trainees and accelerating equivalent job growth has become a national priority.  If India needs to leverage its demographic dividend, vocationalization of high schools and the transformation of ITIs for market driven job roles should be taken up on a war footing. At Wadhwani Foundation we are building technology solutions to game-change the learning and dissemination systems and working closely with Central and State Governments to reach scale.” 

Dr. Ajay Kela, President and CEO, Wadhwani Foundation


Monica Malhotra Kandhari, Managing Director, MBD Group, “Education and knowledge acquisition all comes to naught if the possessor of such knowledge lacks the skill to translate those into tangible actions. Knowledge needs to be supplemented by the ability to integrate them into the things that we do. For an organisation to succeed in today's increasingly competitive environment, it is crucial that it employs people with the right set of skills required. post hire training and skill upgradation along with re-skilling and skill augmentation must form an integral part of the HR strategy. 

Monica Malhotra Kandhari, Managing Director, MBD Group
As the Indian skill eco system matures the demand for skilled manpower across industries will only grow. The ability to carry out multiple job functions or skilled multi-tasking ability will soon enough become a coveted and advantageous differentiator for an aspirant in the job market. Also it is important to pay due diligence to the development of cognitive skills and interpersonal skill along with technical skill for a productive and healthy workforce. MBD Group has a dedicated skills division with the aim of bridging the gap between the supply and demand of skilled manpower. It offers residential training and non-residential training courses and books in the field of printing, web designing, editorial services, IT-ITES and Hospitality sector. The endeavor is to train about a million by 2020”.

Krishna H. Gupta, Director-Technical, Krishna Antioxidants Pvt. Ltd. (Cristol), "At a time when the youth unemployment has skyrocketed throughout the world, taking immediate action to diffuse the potential time bomb of unemployed and belligerent youth has become indispensable. One of the reasons for youth unemployment is structural unemployment – A mismatch between the skills that workers in the economy can offer and the skills demanded of workers by the employers which affects the economies and hinders the growth of the nations.

Krishna H. Gupta, Director-Technical, Krishna Antioxidants Pvt. Ltd.
We at Cristol has taken the initiative to recognise, train and nurture the right talent to create self-sufficient and empowered young population. Cristol recognises the potential in the candidates at the entry level as well as the candidates in the low income profiles and provides them extensive classroom trainings and assesses the potential of the candidates through individual assignments assigned to them with the supervisors and promotes the deserving candidates to senior positions.

On the day of World Youth Skills Day, we appeal to the people worldwide to join hands and contribute to the effort of UNESCO to develop skills in today’s youth which are relevant to the future employment requirements and make the socio-economic conditions better for them."

Nandini Sensharma, Director & CEO, ParamountVision Pvt. Ltd., "Skill development is key to turning around the nation’s unemployment scenario; it instantly makes more and more youth employable. Of course, while the present government is focusing greatly on skill development, it is too huge a project for it to undertake alone.  

Nandini Sensharma, Director & CEO, ParamountVision Pvt. Ltd.
Both public and private sectors need to join in to create an environment which encourages the youth to follow the path towards skill development, if required by breaking the molds of societal conditioning. Youth will have to be convinced that acquiring a skill could turn around their lives by opening up opportunities that lead them to a life they have always aspired towards. In fact, only when skill development becomes a buzz word like MBA or Engineering was at one point, shall we see an impactful change.


Asoke K Laha, President and Chief Executive Officer, InterraIT, "World Youth Skills Day this year is particularly significant for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s call for serious skill development activity all over India. Youth has unlimited potential but it should be capitalized and leveraged by adequate skill development so that they not only develop skills to address new job requirements and cope with challenges but also gain in self-esteem, confidence and empowerment.  

Asoke K Laha, President and Chief Executive Officer, InterraIT
The skill upgradation of the youth should be on the top agenda of corporate India alongside the government. I am personally deeply engaged into this at many levels. My company Interra Information Technologies is not only providing IT consultancy services to Fortune 1000 companies worldwide but also taking part in training the young knowledge workers as well as student trainees into different new technologies and thus upgrading their skills for the global market.  I have been addressing a number of workshops and television programs on this topic in order to promote awareness in this space."

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