Siemens, along with the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development of the Federal Republic of Germany (BMZ) and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH with the support of the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Government of India (MSDE), has launched a technical education initiative, called ‘IGnITE’.
IGnITE (Indo-German Initiative for Technical Education) aims at developing highly qualified technicians based on the German Dual Vocational Educational Training (DVET) model with a focus to make them industry and future-ready. ‘IGnITE’ aims to help develop around 40,000 skilled workforce by 2024, according to a statement.
Sunil Mathur, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Siemens Limited, said, “The availability of trained and industry-relevant technical talent is an imperative ingredient for India’s growth story. This is where ‘IGnITE’ aims to bring in a systemic change in India’s skilling environment.”
Kathinka Kurz, Head of Programme, develoPPP.de, said, “At develoPPP.de, we foster the involvement of the private sector in areas where business opportunities and development policy initiatives overlap. We see the IGnITE initiative as a great example of such a win-win situation. The close cooperation between the public vocational education system and the private sector is essential for improving the qualification and employability of young people in India.”
IGnITE is implemented as a development partnership of the develoPPP.de program, which the GIZ implements on behalf of the BMZ. The focus areas under the initiative would be upskilling of instructors of Government Industrial Training Institutes, improving pedagogy, in-plant training for hands-on learning, continuous industry interface to enhanced employability. IGnITE would also develop a curriculum for ‘Green Skills’ in innovative, sustainable sectors and technologies such as renewable energy, e-mobility and energy efficiency.
The German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) has set up the develoPPP.de program to foster private sector participation to the point where business opportunities and development policy initiatives overlap. To this end, BMZ offers support to companies that want to do business or have already started operating in developing and emerging countries. GIZ acts as one of the two official partners implementing the program on behalf of BMZ.
The Indo-German Programme for Vocational Education and Training (IGVET) on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) supports the Indo-German cooperation to establish a cooperative vocational education and training system in India where the private sector takes the lead in the design and implementation of VET programs.
Along with the support of the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE), the Government of India, IGVET focuses on introducing the Dual VET system, facilitating public-private partnerships, and piloting different VET models across regional and sectoral clusters to identify models that can be scaled and replicated.
Meanwhile, Siemens in India has various ongoing initiatives in the area of skill development, focusing on creating industry-ready workforce targeting trainees of Government Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) and students of Government Engineering Colleges. The initiatives include Siemens Technical Academy and Dual VET at Government ITIs, Siemens Scholarship program, and Centres of Excellence.
The joint initiative will aim to aim to have a sustainable and noticeable impact on the Indian vocational education system, as the focus on skilling is becoming paramount in times of the pandemic.