This was done via a Technical Working Group workshop in which 25 trainers from 7 NTA Vocational Training Centers and two parastatal training centers, were brought together from across six regions to conduct a full scheme curriculum mapping of the NTA Unit Standards with that of the Jobwise 2.1. 100% integration of Employability Skills course content was done into the Teaching and Learning Program and roll out is planned in the 2020 Academic year starting February of the coming year. A projected 1041 trainees will complete the Employability Skills in 2020. Faculty have started phase I of training.
India: Below are the highlights:
1. WO launched the first counselling app ‘Mera Job, Mera Career’ to help job-seeking individuals and students in the skilling domain get an understanding of India’s top 12 sectors and make an informed decision on which sector or industry they should pursue their careers. The app can be downloaded and installed for Android phones from Google Play Store. Click here to install the app. So far 550+ users have registered on then app. The module will also be made available to all students in India through LearnWise.
2. Smile Foundation collaborated with us with an intent to improve the employability of young bright minds who undergo 4 months of training on our Job Ready and Retail content. The collaborative venture has witnessed behavioral and attitudinal shifts in students. As a result, 92 out of 120 students who underwent training had successful employment. Here, we present story of Khan Rukaiya.
3. First Friday Forum – An initiative by WO, Delhi Team: Divided by Gender, United by Cricket Match
An all-women cricket team led by Monica beat the all-men team in a 4 overs’ cricket match (played with a paper and cello tape rolled ball with the diary turned into a bat) at the Delhi Office. 44 runs! Seema hit 3 back to back sixes, Kashish with a score of 8 and Arundhati unbeaten on 18, made it difficult for men’s team to make a comeback. In case you are wondering what’s going on here, here’s the answer – In the middle of a hectic day, we need a refresher. So, we take a break, get divided into teams and plan an engagement activity like this. The bet was that the losing team will buy Samosas for all the entire WO, Delhi Team. All-mens team had to ultimately treat the entire office. Another cricket match is awaiting you. Come and be part of it!
LatAm: First pilot of 1000 Students is working as planned and the first FDP process is expected in Jan 2020 for deployment in a group of Polytechnic institutes in the south of Mexico with a potential of 50k students. This will validate both the content in local language as well of the reception to our skill program in the region.
SEA: Sunil Dahiya addressed a ~1,000 strong audience at the “The Future of Jobs: Education and Upskilling of the Workforce” conference organized by the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI). Here WO’s focus on employability skills for youths and young adults was enunciated strongly. President of PCCI Human Resource Development Foundation, Dr. Alberto Fenix announced the signing off of a Memorandum of Understanding between Wadhwani Foundation and PCCI to work collaboratively towards job creation in Philippines.
West Africa: A partnership with Osun State Vocational Institutes (OSSBTVE) was signed and below is a blog on the same.
Two Newly signed up WO partner Institutes namely National Vocational Training Institutes (NVTI), Ghana with 6 TVET Institutes and Osun State Board of Technical and Vocational Education (OSSBTVE), Nigeria with 9 TVET Institutes were formally trained in Faculty Development Programs held in Accra, Ghana and Osogbo, Nigeria.