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Apprenticeship scheme as a sustainable mechanism to bridge the skills gap in Indian construction industry

Anagall, V, Manewa, R, Siriwardena, M, Karve, S, Dhongde, S and Ghorpade, P Apprenticeship scheme as a sustainable mechanism to bridge the skills gap in Indian construction industry. In: Proceedings of Chitkara University Doctoral Consortium 2023 . (Chitkara University Doctoral Consortium 2023, 3-4th November 2023, India). (Accepted)

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Abstract

Innovation-oriented knowledge creation has become a priority for Higher Education Institutions that address the challenges of low employability. The situation is worse in India due to the unemployability of graduates higher than that of other youth. In India, a major skills and knowledge gap in the Built Environment (BE) has been highlighted and one of the recent reports states that the graduates’ skills and employer requirements as crucial to address the gap between skills demand and supply to boost the growth (Rooj, 2022). The majority of the construction organizations operating in India face problems in recruiting staff, noting that graduates lack qualifications, skills, knowledge, and motivation and they are not fit for the job. Apprenticeship programs offer a combination of education and skills to the student, create an innovative employer-funded financing model, help organizations create their talent pipeline, and help universities embed employability for their courses. Linking the HE programs to learning-by-doing and learning-while-earning will make HE more inclusive and demand-driven. This paper addresses the potential of introducing apprenticeship models in collaboration with HE institutions and the industry. Apart from the detailed literature review, data was collected from 10 interviews among academics and industry professionals and analyzed through NVivo 14 software. The results identified the current skills gap in most of the built environment disciplines (real estate and infrastructure) and emphasized developing close ties or strengthening the existing ties between industry and academia, modernization curriculum to accommodate sustainable apprenticeship programs towards minimizing such skills gap in the industry. The results further highlight the importance of policy-level backing to initiate such innovative models.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
T Technology > TH Building construction
Divisions: Civil Engineering & Built Environment
SWORD Depositor: A Symplectic
Date Deposited: 09 Jan 2024 14:37
Last Modified: 11 Jan 2024 14:39
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/22073
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