- IT & ITES What started as a captive training initiative is being expanded to external campuses, including engineering ones, through teacher training and improved curriculum
- Retail Mall mania and the entry of big players in organised retail has been supported by efforts to train entrants in soft skills and merchandising
- Aviation Spurred by severe shortages of pilots and trained personnel, several new airlines, like Kingfisher, have set up training academies
- Construction A crying need for trained masons, carpenters and electricians is seeing companies engage not just in captive training but also linkages with institutions
- Automobile With many global players setting up a base in India, the mismatch in skills of engineers is being addressed through tie-ups with ITIs and private colleges
- Research One area where industry is yet to act in a big way to help realise India's potential to become a hub for contract and clinical research
***They say India will have jobs galore for the next decade or so. But ask industry today, and it has only one refrain: just where are the quality people who will drive these opportunities? That's why the role of the private sector in Indian education is changing, albeit slowly. From the early days of philanthropy to the established trend of capitalising on demand for higher education, industries are now forging partnerships with institutions and universities to meet their need for particular skill sets.
Whether it is IT and IT-enabled services or aviation and retail or construction and manufacturing or healthcare and hospitality, there is one common thread: a growing—and acute—shortage of skilled manpower. The ways to tackle this are varied. So, if UB Group has set up the Kingfisher Training Academy in more than one city to train pilots and other aviation staff, other firms are expanding their inhouse training and development initiatives—like Infosys Campus Contacts. A third model is the tie-up of companies and industry associations with various universities or private colleges to meet specific skill sets.