NETAP and India Apprenticeship Forum together host discussion on leveraging the power of apprenticeship

The discussion focused on the growing importance of apprenticeship in hiring in India Inc.

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National Employability through Apprenticeship Programme (NETAP), a blended apprenticeship training programme offered by TeamLease Skills University (TLSU)— Indian private skills university— collaborated with the India Apprenticeship Forum to organise an interactive discussion on ‘Leveraging the power of apprenticeship in building human capital’.

The discussion held in New Delhi had reputed names from across industries and sectors in attendance. The key note speech was delivered by Rajesh Aggarwal, joint secretary, Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship.

The case studies presented at the discussion — by Abhay Singh, Lixil India and Akshay Pundir, LG Electronics — were aimed at highlighting how apprenticeship is increasingly becoming the most cost-effective way to build a consistent supply chain.

The roundtable discussion also revolved around the new-age hiring outlook for apprenticeship programmes as well as the opportunities and challenges faced by the youth. The panel discussion was dominated by topics, such as hiring, attracting and retaining the right talent, and the multi-modal vs modular training programmes.

The panel discussion was graced by Rituparna Chakraborty, co-founder and EVP, Teamlease Services; Dharm Rakshit, senior GM-HR, Hero Moto Corp, Gautam Saraf, head-HR, Colorbar Cosmetics, 24Seven Retail and Modicare Foundation; and Sanjay Sharma, head-strategic HR projects, L&D, Hindustan Zinc (Vedanta).

Speaking about the event, Mr. Sumit Kumar, Vice President- NETAP, TeamLease Services, said, “Apprenticeships are powerful tools to create talent. India has a well-established and regulated apprenticeship system. However, it is highly under utilised. We need active participation from employers, youth, regulators and academia to scale up the apprenticeship ecosystem in India. We hope this initiative of ours will translate into building human capital for the country, bridging skill deficit in industry and enhancing youth employability.”

The discussions delved into the outlook of Indian apprenticeship and how it has evolved in a positive way in recent times with organisations increasingly hiring talent from the pool of apprenticeships.

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