Tata Institute of Social Sciences launches ‘Earn while You Learn’ Vocational programs
Work integrated programs for the FIRST time in INDIA will bridge the gap between the literacy and the employment rate of the country with a focus on job-specific skills
Patna, March, 2016: Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) in its pioneering effort with the objective of helping to create skilled workforce announces the launch of ‘School of Vocational Education’ in all major cities. Vocational courses have been designed with a definite vision to improve the lives of disadvantaged and marginalised youth especially who are excluded by the formal school education system. TISS SVE has been set up to create an ecosystem that would bring back the dignity of labour for blue collar streams of work and create a sustainable source of income.
Given that media & entertainment sector adds to the city in a big way and is aiming to add to the GDP of the country, TISS-SVE has created vocational training for specialisation in the same to attract more talent. Currently, media & entertainment as a sector has no structured education as such. In fact, this sector has largely remained unorganised as hiring has been done on the basis of skills and not just formal education. But these days, many short term and certificate courses are coming up to make this sector more formal and structured in terms of education. Therefore TISS-SVE aims to provide formal training, communication skills, soft skills and a certification within this course. At every stage of the three year course, the student can opt out and get a diploma certificate. And if he does complete the required three years, he gets a bachelor degree in the vocation of media and entertainment. This specialisation in B.Voc is on its way and will be introduced soon this academic year.
In cities like Patna SVE or School of Vocational Education, as a platform will provide:
- The institute offers Diploma programs, Bachelor Degrees & PG Diploma programs
- Every individual level/year is a standalone certification recognized and awarded by TISS as a deemed university
- These courses help youth’s seek non-formal educational methods to enhance earning capabilities and thereby improve livelihood conditions.
- This model also allows for design of the programme with an ‘Earn while you Learn’ feature. This feature enables the trainee to earn a stipend during on-the-job duration of the course of training to support their simultaneous vocational education
- It prepares you for the career and in 3 years it will help them learn multiple jobs
“Work Integrated Training Programme (WITP) is where students learn the skill by engaging in on-the-job training at real shop floor of the industry/company. For effective delivery of this model, the institute has a tie-up with various HUB partners like to provide classroom-based training. Furthermore, there is also a Skill Knowledge Partner who provide on the job training. Hence, withthe Hub and Spoke model, students will be placed in the SKPs for on-the-job training while classroom theoretical training will be given by the hub partner.” says Neela Dabir ,Dean, Tata Institute of Social Sciences–School Of Vocational Education
“Media & entertainment is unique in nature and hasn’t matured yet. For example, the Indian Film industry is just a 16-year old industry officially though it has existed for over 100 years. There is limited structured management in M&E and limited corporatisation. India has a very small global presence in this sector and it needs to reach out to a bigger audience, beyond the Indian diaspora.While it has been a field wherein skill is the main criteria for hiring people, and it will always continue to be that, a strong need for education in the media arts is felt to establish diverse learning in a formal setting. Eg. Apart from understanding how to operate a camera& lensing, the cameraman needs to also understand about colour theory, narratology, music, etc. Further, India has 1/6th of the world’s population and 1/20th of the world’s economy. We are going to have to be even a bigger provider of human capital to the world, than we are now. That will need our students to be trained on a well-rounded approach of skilling + education. All these are challenges that we, as the M&E vertical anchor of the TISS-SVE are aiming to tackle. We are already running India’s premier Film, Media & Entertainment institute and proud of our collaboration with TISS through which we are offering vocational, skill-based, formal degree & diploma education nation-wide.” Says Mr. Chaitanya Chichlikar, Vice President, Whistling Woods International.
There are two types of challenges we are solving here through TISS School of Vocational Education- existing manpower who needs to get more organised, formalised and educated so that they can earn better and have more growth prospects lined up for them and the other type of work force who has just passed their 10+2 and is looking for a career to enter. The training value from SVE will not only enhance their knowledge but also give them a strong image in the market as candidates trained in SVE can easily reach up to managerial positions which would otherwise be not in their reach.”
Tata Institute of Social Sciences has never limited itself to the mandate of a conventional university; rather, it has worked for the promotion of sustainable, equitable and participatory development, social welfare and social justice through: Value-based professional education for social work and other human service professions; Social research and dissemination of socially relevant knowledge; Social intervention through training and field action projects; Contribution to social and welfare policy and programme formulation at state, national and international levels.
About TISS SVE: Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) has set up the School of Vocational Education (SVE) to provide immediate and definite interventions to improve the skill levels of millions of youth, through appropriate vocational training programmes. The target beneficiaries would include organized and unorganized workforce across industries and aims to cover every individual who needs to develop employable skills. Therefore, SVE has been set up with a vision of creating an ecosystem that would bring back the dignity of labour to all professions and occupations to create sustainable sources of income for the aspiring youth in the country.The approach adopted by TISS-SVE is called the Work Integrated Training Programme (WITP). This Vocational Educational Programme is being implemented for the first time in India with a focus on job-specific skills rather than providing only a broad based education.