If you have the passion for taking a different path in life, rather than following the trend, opt for Skill Development courses.
According to a report by National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC), India needs about 89 lakh skilled workforces in the Electronics and Hardware sector by 2022 and about 1.8 crore skilled employees will be needed in the handloom and handicraft sector by 2022. Now that’s a lot of skill force we are talking about!
This is, but, just a small fraction of the enormity of the requirement of skilled work force in India. Every year, there are numerous opportunities in the Hotel Management, Aviation, Automotive sector, Healthcare & IT etc. Most of are busy chasing the Engineering or Management dream, even though we are not cut out for it. And the result? We end up being unemployed, or underpaid or just stuck in the rut.
But with the emphasis on providing training for curated jobs in each of the sectors mentioned above and more other, there are some niche training institutes that have opened up in India. CEDP Skill Institute - Mumbai is one such institute. CEDP boasts about over 100 + plus industry collaborations with major hospitals, hotels and authorised mutli-car service centres as well as provide soft skills training to talented individuals.
HTCampus caught up Mr. Vasim Sheikh, Director at CEDP Skill Institute Mumbai to share his vision for the institute, what drives him and career scope of the students.
Excerpts from the interview:
From a Business Strategy Consultant to Director @CEDP Skill Institute – how did the transition happen?
The journey has been thought provoking and transforming, with plenty of learning as an individual from grass root level. The challenges that an individual faces for securing a job, that would help one to sustain in today’s time at the same time giving a content feeling of job satisfaction brings a proud smile on my face. That’s one of the main reasons of paradigm shift in my individual career perspective. This is my way of giving back to society, not just the education but competent skills linked with employment.
How does it feel to move to academics from a corporate set up?
I would not say there has been much difference in the whole working pattern, academics especially at CEDP Skill Institute where we pay a huge emphasis on each student getting a secure future for a satisfactory employment. We ensure the procedure is executed in a highly professional manner to ensure foolproof methodology. My experience in the corporate world comes pretty handy in training the team to outperform their benchmarks on a monthly basis.
In an era where MBA and Engineering dominates, how did the concept of CEDP come about?
Being a MBA/Engineering was always the fantasy of every average Indian household, but the stark reality is whether Engineering or an MBA degree guarantees a satisfying job? An average Indian household income curtails this fantasy of a huge percentage of students, apart from the academic performances of an individual. At CEDP we focused on what is the requirement of various industries at Blue collar level. We did our research and the results were highly surprising. An era where everyone complains about no jobs available, what we found out that jobs are available in plenty* (*for Skilled Individual). Thus started the journey of CEDP where we handpicked sectors such as Healthcare, Hospitality, Automotive and started training students of 12th grade and above as per requirement of industry norms, From pilot training batch of 4students & 1branch to over 400 students graduating from each branch every quarter, all I can say the history is in making.
What are the major challenges you have faced in setting up an institute of this stature?
Back in 2010 getting clients on board for Student internship was a major challenge, as Skill Training was an alien concept back then. Industry specific clients were skeptical in hiring a fresher with few months of classroom theoretical training. Slowly but steadily we kept a stringent control over the quality of training and grooming of students to ensure the Clients were comfortable in recruiting an intern for on-the-job training. As of today, we have over 300 clients across Mumbai in Healthcare, Automotive & Hospitality sectors who are our associates in contributing towards Skill India Mission.
Undoubtedly, there is an increasing demand for trained professional & vocational training in India today. What are the eligibility criteria to admission at CEDP?
Thanks to our visionary Hon. Prime Minister Shri. Narendra Modi, Skill India has lot more awareness and everyone now knows the importance of having skilled workforce for a vibrant India. Eligibility criteria is quite simple at CEDP Skill Institute:
- Student needs to be 18 years of age, as employment criteria
- Education wise, 10th/12th grade and above
- Students who are pursuing graduation can also apply for various options of skill development training programs
Additionally, our expert councilors can also help students with a career aptitude test which would help them understand which way one should head for a bright career.
What is the difference in course curriculum followed for regular students (fresher’s) VS re-training of employees in an organization (people with experience)?
The course curriculum for a fresher starts from basics with specifications as per industry norms, the duration of the course would also be more in terms of classroom theory hours. A fresher may take some more time to adapt to the course requirements. So ample periodic test and field visits are conducted to incubate the students with How industry functions, thus avoid cultural shocks.
Re-Training of employees in an organization, involves in re-assessing the core competencies’ of an individual, and work out on fine tuning an employees over all product knowledge to the benefit of the organization. Most of these training’s are session based varying from a 6 hours session to a 7 days skill enhancing certification programs.
Who should take up the courses offered at CEDP?
I would say anyone and everyone, who has the passion for creating a different path of life, rather than following the trend. Any individual who is at least 18 years of age and has the interest to build a career in Healthcare, Automotive or Hospitality industry however due to financial or academic reason is unable to pursue the dreams.
What are the various courses offered under Training and Education Delivery?
- Skill Certificate in Automobile Technician – 1year
- Certificate In Nursing Assistant – 1 year
- Medical Laboratory Technician -2 years
- Diploma in Hotel Management -1 year