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A Bi-Monthly Newsletter from

Skills PRogrammes for INclusive Growth

Mr. Binod Kumar Sriwastwa, Head Corporate Social

Responsibility BALCO with an IL&FS Skills learner at
Vedanta - IL&FS Institute of Skills Korba, Chhattisgarh

Volume 02 | Issue 05 | June-July 2013

Globally, youth unrest is linked to jobless growth and the

situation is no different in India. Lack of local job opportunities,
poor condition of education and limited vocational training
infrastructure reduces the decent living opportunities for the
youth, in turn increasing their vulnerability. To productively
engage youth from rural areas, Ministry of Rural Development
(MoRD), Government of India has launched a special
programme called ROSHNI. Project Roshni is targeted to
benefit rural men and women belonging to the Particularly
Vulnerable Tribal Groups (PVTGs), especially from the LWE
affected areas.

Launch of ISS, West Singhbhum by

Mr. Jairam Ramesh, Honble Minister
for Rural Development

Mr. Jairam Ramesh, Honble Minister of Rural Development, Government of India

inaugurated IL&FS Skills School in Manjhari Block of West Singhbhum district on
July 19, 2013. West Singhbum is highly impacted by LWE activities. The minister also
interacted with the candidates and trainers, expressing his great satisfaction over the
efforts being made by IL&FS in training and placements of the underprivileged youth
in the district.

In June 2013, I participated at the WorldSkills International (WSI)
Competitions at Leipzig, Germany. With the efforts of NSDC and its partner
organisations, India fielded a very strong contingent of 22 competitors
at WSI 2013. It was an eye opener to watch young competitors from 65
countries taking pride in skills. Congratulations again to the Organising
Committee of WorldSkills India and the three Indian medallion winners at
WorldSkills Competitions 2013.
Many stakeholders play a key role in enhancing value of skill based careers
however it is the Industry that has a multi-faceted role and hence stake
in quality assurance of the skills training methodology, best example being
Germany and its Dual System of Training. Embedding industry as a partner
in the implementation of skills is therefore a must. McKinseys Education
to Employment report released at Davos last year, identifies disconnect
between institutions (academic and vocational training) and industry
as a primary reason why majority of students are unemployable and
unproductive at work. In this special issue of SPRING, we focus on Industry
Engagement, where we share best practices and examples of industry acting
as Infrastructure, Knowledge, Placement and CSR partner.
Making skills accessible is the other key challenge. It is important that every
citizen of the country has easy access to vocational training. To realise the
inclusive growth vision, IL&FS Skills continues to prioritise working in the
difficult geographies including LWE affected areas, J&K and North East. The
launch of Project Roshni by Ministry of Rural Development is therefore a
welcome move.
We hope you enjoy reading this issue of SPRING and will write back to us to
share similar stories of making skills inclusive and aspirational.
RCM Reddy
Managing Director, IL&FS Education

Aajeevika Diwas
June 03, 2013

Rubeena Bano, one of the first trainees of

Ministry of Rural Developments Himayat
programme shared her experiences with
Mrs. Sonia Gandhi, Chairperson UPA during
the Aajeevika Diwas celebrations. She
inspired the audience with the narration
of her journey from a small district of
Baramulla to a decent job at a BPO in
Chandigarh during her address.

GAIL - IL&FS Institute of Skills (IIS) wins

NSDCs Best Training Centre Award
Dediapada in Gujarat is a group of villages with a total population of

approx 10,000 people mostly from tribal communities. Our skills team in
Dediapada has ensured that the youth is offered skills training mapped to
the industry standards. Under the model, we take the training centre to the
rural communities. This is a unique Public Private Partnership where GAIL has
played an important role for about 1000 people successfully completing the
Mr. RCM Reddy, MD, IL&FS Education and Mr. Arunkumar Pillai, COO, IL&FS Skills
accepting Best Training Centre award from
Mr. Dilip Chenoy, CEO & MD, National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC)

IL&FS Skills is present in some of the highly affected Left Wing Extremist (LWE) districts
Dantewada, Rajnandgaon

Daltonganj, Hazaribagh/ Ramgarh,

Jamshedpur, Jamshedpur/East
Singhbhum, Ranchi, West Singhbhum,
Saraikela Kharsawan

Aurangabad, Bhabua,
Gaya, Jamui,
Jehanabad, Nawada

Balaghat, Chhindwara, Seoni,

Shahdol, Sidhi

Bolangir, Gajapati, Ganjam,

Kandhamal, Malkangiri,
Phulbani, Rourkela, Sonepur,

Adilabad, East Godavari, Karimnagar,

Khammam, Visakhapatnam,




Madhya Pradesh


Andhra Pradesh

IL&FS Institute of Skills (IIS) launched at Indore

in partnership with Madhya Pradesh Laghu
Udyog Nigam (MPLUN)
I am delighted to observe that advanced and high-tech machines
are being used for imparting skills training at the IIS. The use of
technology and state-of-the-art labs will provide students exposure
so they can work productively within the industry. Many more trades
and similar programmes have to be launched to make Madhya
Pradesh a skills hub
Mr. Kailash Vijayvargiya

Honble Minister for Commerce Industries and Employment,

Madhya Pradesh, Government of India

Mr. Kailash Vijayvargiya, Honble Minister for Commerce

Industries and Employment, Madhya Pradesh
innaugurating IL&FS Institute of Skills (IIS) Indore

The IL&FS Institute of Skills Indore was inaugurated by Mr. Kailash Vijayvargiya. He was joined by Mr. Omprakash Parsavdiya, President,
Zila Panchayat Indore and Mr. Akhand Pratap Singh, Mr. T. Dharmarao and Mr. B.M. Singh from MPLUN. The IIS has been set up in partnership
with Madhya Pradesh Laghu Udyog Nigam (MPLUN) as infrastructure partner. In addition MPLUN is also providing us assistance in getting
sponsorship from the state government of Madhya Pradesh.

Chief Minister of Haryana felicitates disabled

students of IL&FS Skills School (ISS)
Mr. Bhupinder Singh Hooda, Honble Chief Minister of Haryana felicitated
students completing Training of Differently Abled People (TDAP) programme
at National Handicapped Welfare Council, Haryana. This programme is a
part of IL&FS Skills special initiative to mainstream disabled students into
workplace by offering them job linked skill training programme.

Mr. Bhupinder Singh Hooda, Honble Chief Minister, Haryana

felicitating IL&FS Skills candidates

Addressing the graduation ceremony, Mr. Hooda emphasised that disability

shouldnt be treated as a weakness and every disabled person is an
important part of the society. We need to make conscious effort to empower
them through skill and education programmes that will lead to sustainable
jobs and self-respect. Congratulating the students for their job placements
he also highlighted the important role being played by the companies like
SPANCO and Avidus SMPL in offering career opportunities to these students.

Ms. Meira Kumar, Honble Speaker of Lok Sabha awards

certificates of programme completion to students of
IL&FS Skills School (ISS), Sasaram
I am happy to be visiting ISS Sasaram again and interacting with its
students. Organisations like IL&FS are doing a commendable job in
linking rural BPL youth to skill training. Labourers are the backbone of any
industry. No matter what design an architect creates, the final shape and
form is given to it by a skilled worker.
Ms. Meira Kumar, Honble Speaker Lok Sabha

Editors Note: Sasaram in Bihar is a fast growing urban area in the region and has attracted migrants from the nearby rural areas, who often pick up very low paying
jobs such as street vendors etc. So that these migrants get an opportunity to decent living, IL&FS Skills established its IL&FS Skill School (ISS) at Sasaram Rohtas.
The ISS was launched by Ms. Meira Kumar in January 2013 to offer skills training to rural Below Poverty Line (BPL) youth in construction sector on pilot mode.







IL&FS Institute of Skills (IIS)

IL&FS Skill Schools (ISS)

Districts Mobilised


Engaging Industry for preparing an employable workforce

Skill Development: For the Industry, By the Industry
IL&FS Skills forayed into skill development in response to industry
demand emerging from our large scale cluster development
initiatives. Our success in skilling 2.25 lakh people in a short
span of 6 years in different geographies and sectors is largely
credited to industry as a key partner in our skill implementation
value chain.


World over the gap between employers and providers is

a major reason for youth unemployability.

Employer and provider misalignment on youth competence

Difference between employer and provider Difference between employer and provider
competence rating; country average
competence rating; Germany country example
within Germany

The key differentiator of our model is engaging employers at

various stages of implementation to deliver competency based,
industry endorsed training. Employers looking for productive
workers support us starting with entry gate assessments for
selection of right candidates, maintaining a vacancy board to
defining competencies, content and training pedagogy. In doing
so we are able to move the candidates from employability to
employment by ensuring that they are skilled for industry and
get an opportunity to secure a decent job.





United States





Saudi Arabia

United Kingdom -1

In this special feature of SPRING, we explore the various

roles played by industry in working with us to ensure people
especially from the vulnerable groups get an opportunity to be
part of the productive workforce.

IL&FS Skills
is currently
partners under
four strands:

Training of


Assessment &

Placement Partner:
Where employers provide us live
input on vacancies within their
company or supply chain. Many a
times they participate in our entry
gate assessments which ensure the
students with right aptitude are
recruited for the course

Knowledge Partner:
Where industry works with us for
defining curriculum, designing
content, training pedagogy and
training of trainers. The key
industry bodies for each sector
both national and international
- work with us for certification &
accreditation also

Work ethic

Problem solving

Computer literacy

English proficiency
Written communications




Basic math


Local language proficiency


Oral communications




Over 1000 plus industry

partners work with
us across our unique
skills value chain. Our
methodology ensures
that the training imparted
across our locations
is standardised and

Post Placement
Tracking &

Infrastucture rtner

CSR Partner




Source: McKinsey survey, Aug-Sept 2012

Placement Partner

Counseling &
Selections Tests


Hands-on training in discipline

1 Please rate how competent new hires are on average on a scale of 0 to 10, where 0 means not competent at all
on this aspect and 10 means extremely competent on this aspect.



Theoretical training in discipline

Knowledge Partner

Infrastructure Partner:
Where industry supports by providing
industrial infrastructure for skill
training including workshops,
equipment, training material etc.
They also work with our academic
team to help us understand the work
environment in a real industry so that
the trainee gets real time exposure
at our workshops and labs
CSR Partner:
Where industry partners us by means
of sponsorships for candidates
especially from marginalised groups.
This support ensures that students
who have limited access to training
in rural areas or to subsidies are
also given an equal opportunity
to participate in the skill based

Industry as an Infrastructure Partner

IL&FS Skills is working with many top companies which are supporting us in delivery of training as per world class standards. Through our partnerships,
we have created vocational training programmes that bring the work place to the training centre. Our curriculum exposes the student to real time work
place situations, giving the trainee a mix of practical as well as theoretical learning. We work with some of the premier sectoral associations to create
training programmes which are aligned with the industry expectations. This industry connect gives our students an edge in terms of employability and
career growth objectives.

International Best Practice: Germanys dual system of vocational education

and training (VET) has been a major factor in Germanys economic success and
inventiveness over the past six decades. The holistic approach, its high quality,
industry involvement and first-class reputation have made countries all over
the world model their VET systems to it. Through their strong apprenticeship
system, the chamber of skills crafts (industry bodies that define skills) they
have made skill based careers aspirational and well paying.

Why German TVET system is best in the world?

Organised by

Private sector

Public sector

Conducted by


Part time vocational schools

Carried out as

Training at the work


Classroom tuition

On the basis of

Training contract

Compulsory attendence at
vocational school

Regulated by

Federal government


Supervised by


School supervision bodies

Currently we have 37 IL&FS Institute of Skills and 355+ IL&FS Skills Schools.
For many of these industry plays a key role as a infrastructure partner
Palladam Hi-Tech
Weaving Park

Industry as a Knowledge Partner

We work with some of the premier sectoral associations to create training programmes which are aligned with the
industry expectations. Our curriculum exposes the student to real time work place situations, giving the trainee a
mix of practical as well as theoretical learning. This industry connect gives IL&FS Skills students an edge in terms of
employability and career growth objectives.
We have tie-ups with leading awarding bodies, sector associations and assessment agencies to ensure that industry
relevant training is offered to our students








Vocational Trainers



Industry as a Placement Partner

We work with our placement network

Mr. Deepak Jalan

Assistant General Manager

Human Resource - Corporate
Spanco BPO Services Limited

of 1000 plus companies to meet their

manpower requirements ranging from
shop floor level to junior/ middle
management roles. The heads of
recruitment work with us for IL&FS Skills
Entry Gate Assessments (EGA), where
they work with us in pre-screening and
selection of the candidates. For the
trainees this is unique opportunity to
interact with prospective employers
which increases their seriousness
towards the programme. With the
active participation of partners such as
SPANCO, Shoppers Stop, KFC and Orient
Craft, we have maintained a minimum
placement percentage of 75%.

Our trainees work with top brands in India across sectors





Key placement partners








Industry as CSR Partner

Every large corporate understands they have got to build bridges with rural India,
among communities their companies operate. The idea is to have the consciousness
to give something back to the community. We are perhaps going to be the first country
in the world that will have corporate social responsibility in the statute. Companies
who qualify for CSR- have to give 2% of their profits.
-Sachin Pilot, Minister of State (Independent Charge), Ministry of Corporate Affairs

IL&FS Skills works on the modern day CSR strategy of Creating Shared Value (CSV).
Majority of PSUs, corporates, mid-size companies, foundations and other social enterprises
are looking for community engagement solutions that will help implement their
CSR vision in a holistic, sustainable manner.
We establish strategic partnerships with the various stakeholders from industry,
government, non-governmental organisations, states and central government and
leverage our networks to provide employment oriented skill training.
technology and
innovation in
existing CSR

Develop a
CSR strategy for

As an important part of
our Public Responsibility and
Citizenship we are always
committed towards giving back
to Society and are open for new

Align the social

objectives of a
company with
issues of national

Our key CSR partners

Implement CSR
that engage
communities on a
long term, scalable
basis through skill

In this regard, we are thankful

to IL&FS for implementing
professional training to DAP
(Differently Abled Persons) and
bringing a positive change to this
segment of society.
S.N. Bhat
Head Takshashila
Trident Group

IL&FS Skills @ WorldSkills Competition

2013 Leipzig, Germany
Our visit to WSC 2013 started as journey that first completely overwhelmed us and subsequently gave us a
resounding reality check of what high quality skills training actually means. For the 61 member countries of
WSI, the competitions are celebrations of skills. Each competitor is a winner not only because he/she is the
national champion but because they pursue skills as a career of choice and not chance.
Some of the key learning from our perspective for creating a robust, integrated, quality assured skill
training system in India are as per below:
1. Engaging parents is a critical element for encouraging students to participate in vocational training
2. Skills have to be viewed as craft, with a sense of pride being attached to an individuals ability to
perform a task with perfection
3. Industry has to play a key role in absorbing people with skills and incentivising skilled workers
4. Simulated learning is the key to imparting high quality skills. Similar to the competition area at
WorldSkills, where the set up was just like a real work environment, training facilities have to embedd
this as well
5. Acquiring skills is a gradual, long-term process. Germany is perfect example of this where the dual
system allows for students to undertaking vocational training as part of mainstream education
6. Trainers play an important role in ensuring that learning output is achieved and therefore skills up
gradation for the trainers is essential

Vivek Pandit

Vice President, IL&FS Skills

Mr. RCM Reddy MD IL&FS Education with an Indian competitor

and members of the IL&FS Skills delegation

22 Indian competitors participated this year at the

WorldSkills Competitions of which 3 won medallions
of excellence making the country proud. However this
is just the beginning and with a little more effort India
could be in the top league.

Editors Note: A six member team from IL&FS Skills visited WorldSkills Competitions at Leipzig, German in June 2013. This team interacted and engaged with trainers, experts, delegates from across
the world and brought back several learnings which we intend to implement at our IL&FS Institute of Skills to ensure every trainee undergoes a training experience mapped to the WorldSkills standards.

Spotlight: IIS Okhla, New Delhi

During June and July several senior dignitaries visited IIS Okhla and interacted with students and trainers

Mr. Ulrich Meinecke, Counselor TVET,

Embassy of Germany

Mr. Salem Bakr from Saudi Bin Laden Group

Dr. Shalini Sarin - Vice President- HR Country

Partner at Schneider Electric

Delegates from the Ministry of Tourism,

Government of India

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