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Wadhwani Foundation & Narayana Health pilot ‘game changing’ healthcare training program using ground-breaking learning techniques

Pilot revolutionizes job readiness at scale via transformational, learner-centric, and scalable skills training program.

Bangalore, 25 June 2014 – Wadhwani Foundation, in collaboration with Narayana Health (NH), has announced the success of its skills training pilot program for NH’s healthcare support staff. The program aims to fill the void of critical skills needed in the healthcare industry that are currently missing from formal and informal nursing education programs. Using videos and interactive, technology-based lessons, accessible on an online platform, Wadhwani Foundation’s courseware is designed for rapid rollout. To date, WF has reached more than 1,700 nurses and nursing assistants across 20 Narayana Health centers in just a few months. This program is part of Wadhwani Foundation’s larger vision of skilling India by leveraging technology and transformative learning techniques.

India continues to face a growing gap in maintaining a skilled labor force, or knowledge workers, to conduct some of the nation’s most critical – though often overlooked – jobs. Support and paramedical staff represent this segment in the healthcare industry; individuals are required to perform a skilled job without access to a job competency driven curriculum or having undergone formal training. According to industry experts, India’s health care sector faces a shortage of 1 million nursing assistants. Wadhwani Foundation strives to meet this need by producing quality, open source training solutions.

“Our strategic collaboration with Wadhwani Foundation is a step in the right direction. India’s healthcare industry is facing an acute shortage of support staff and I am glad that the skill development initiative of Wadhwani Foundation has already skilled over 1,700 competent staff. This happened despite full shift schedules, because these learner-centric e- modules do not drain experienced teaching nurses’ time and allow the trainees flexibility in taking courses inside and outside the classroom. Since we seek to expand from 5,000 beds to 30,000 beds in three years, rather than running disparate and traditional teacher driven training courses, this approach of creating and deploying repeatable, modular self and peer- driven lessons can help us realize this goal without diluting the skills of our people or quality of our care,” said Dr. Devi Prasad Shetty, Chairman, Narayana Health.

Wadhwani Foundation worked closely with practitioners at Narayana Health to identify critical nursing and patient care skills, job needs, required training processes, as well as curriculum and generic content. The Foundation’s instructional design team restructured course content to leverage experiential, peer-driven, interactive, and learner-centric pedagogies. By using videos, games, simulations, and group activities to deliver content, Wadhwani Foundation’s approach ensures that students receive a 360 degree learning experience. All courses are deployed using an easily accessible online technology platform, reducing the dependence on and workload of teachers, while providing flexibility for students to study at their own pace and location.

Elaborating further on the successful partnership with Narayana Health, Ajay Kela, Wadhwani Foundation’s CEO, said, “Job outcomes should be the main criteria by which we evaluate skill training and the best way to develop such courses is to work hand in glove with the employers. In partnership with Narayana Health, one of India’s largest healthcare service providers, we have successfully created a technology-enabled curriculum for comprehensive training of healthcare workers that will be available to the Industry. This pilot is part of the Foundation’s larger vision to develop a market ready skilled force across industries through our innovative and scalable technology solution. Our partnership with Narayana Health is a positive first step in that direction.”

The carefully designed job competency curriculum includes typical medical procedures, as well as functional English, Life & Workplace skills, Basic IT skills, Occupational Safety, Health & Environment training, and Medical Math. More than 210 hours of content has been developed since early 2013 and the curriculum continues to be piloted for skill upgradation with new nurses, patient care assistants, and other new and existing healthcare support staff. Feedback from students has been uniformly positive with every single student preferring it to traditional classes.

Narayana Health is mainstreaming Wadhwani Foundation’s initiative as part of its comprehensive professional development plan for all employees. Wadhwani Foundation has begun to roll out its healthcare curriculum to other healthcare providers. The roadmap also includes deployment of NH internal training in feeder and community colleges/ and other training providers. WF is also in discussions with AICTE and the Healthcare Sector Skills Council to make the courseware a part of the national school and college curriculum through the National Skills Qualification Framework (NSQF). The stage is set for a revolution in job driven education.

About Wadhwani Foundation

Founded in 2003 by Dr. Romesh Wadhwani, the Foundation’s primary mission is economic acceleration of emerging economies. The Foundation embarked upon its mission in India first, and subsequently, the Foundation has expanded into the U.S and other countries.
In India, with an expected growth of 250-300 million people joining the workforce by 2022, large scale job creation became the primary imperative for the country. Also, as India’s population grows young, most advanced nations of the world are growing old, offering India an opportunity to become the global talent supplier. Catalyzing job creation and skill development become the two primary target areas of focus for the Foundation. During the last decade, Wadhwani Foundation has launched five niche, high impact Initiatives in India. These include promoting entrepreneurial and employment skills, tapping the educated disabled, encouraging innovation and driving policy changes to jump-start economic opportunities. To address persistently high youth and displaced-worker unemployment in the U.S, Wadhwani Foundation launched the ‘Race to a Job’ initiative in 2012.

About Skill Development Network

Launched in 2011 by The Wadhwani Foundation, Skill Development Network (SDN) aims to revolutionize skill development by leveraging technology to create millions of skilled manpower. Over the next decade, SDN aims to skill 5 million youth, create 50 high demand job based programs and work closely with over 50,000 teachers. Currently, there are millions of jobs that are not filled and huge resources are spent due to fresh graduates not being job ready. To bridge the massive skill gap, SDN has launched ‘Race to A Job’ program which embraces technology as an enabler to jobs-
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