Conducive political environment Political commitment is critical in order to scale up programs. For skilling this is good news. Political commitment is critical in order to scale up programs. For skilling this is good news. The launch of the Skill India Mission, and the creation of the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship has created an ideal political climate for companies to get involved and work towards scaling up their programs.
Strong partnerships Partners are a key factor in helping to maintain the momentum and focus of skilling programs. Companies can engage with models similar to the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC), a public- private partnership between the government and the private sector, which is jointly funded by the government and companies and provides accredited skill training programs to communities across India. Developing strong partnerships with the government, NGOs and other relevant stakeholders is a key requirement for achieving any significant impact at scale.
Lifecycle approach Adopting a lifecycle approach to skilling will make sure the kind of skills imparted to trainees are marketable and linked to available jobs. A lifecycle approach looks at all aspects of skilling, from the aspirations of people before training, to counselling and following up with beneficiaries during their employment. Skill development programs conducted in this manner will ensure that the training received has an impact on livelihoods and contributes to the economic well- being of communities.
Monitoring programs Monitoring and evaluation needs to be sustained throughout the scaling up process in order to get a clear idea of what works and where things went wrong. Without robust monitoring procedures, learnings will not emerge and there will be no space for course correction.
Gradual process Scaling up requires a long-term commitment and companies need to be aware of this. Partnerships formed to scale social sector issues like skill development rely on political processes, public sector bureaucracies and community engagement – none of which move quickly. Approaching the scaling up process in an orderly and gradual manner with careful logistical planning and a clear definition of a partner’s roles and responsibilities will go a long way to effectively scaling up skilling programs.