This question is often asked by our parents, relatives, strangers passing by and you yourself every time you look in the mirror. Am I capable enough to get a job in the market if I step out of the world to explore career avenues? If the answer is “No”, it is a serious indicator that there is an ardent need for a systematic change in our educational system.
The economy of the twenty-first century is no longer labour-based, but rather knowledge-driven and skill-oriented, implying that an individual must engage in a life-long learning process.
The future that we predicted a few decades ago is already here. Working environments are growing more hybrid, and specialised skills are in high demand. This is also true in the field of education, where Ed-tech is revolutionising how we study, learn, and interact with the dynamic world around us.
LIFE-LONG LEARNING APPROACH
Our educational system is built on a traditional model that emphasises grades. Inadequately qualified teachers, memorising exam procedures, and educational institutions that do not meet industry requirements are some of the reasons graduates have skill deficiencies.
In order to address the skills gap, we should adopt an LLL approach or a Life-Long Learning ecosystem. Learning should become an integral part of economic, fiscal, social, and market policies and programs.
ROLE OF EDTECH PLATFORMS
In India, edtech platforms are partnering with HIEs to provide skill-based education, which has the potential to give young professionals a competitive advantage in the workplace.
Premier institutions are collaborating with ed-tech platforms to upskill people across industries and increase employability by concentrating on aptitude as well as attitude.
Many Ed-tech platforms have reimagined education via a 360-degree digital perspective, without sacrificing any part of traditional learning. Their custom-designed, interesting and simple content, as well as quick access to a wide range of amazing features, have made teaching and learning across platforms much easier.
Therefore, the most demanding domains like data science, machine learning, cybersecurity, management and law are becoming online.
UPSKILLING WITH LATEST DIGITAL TRENDS
To increase efficiency, innovation, and development, businesses are modernising their workforces.
Employers are looking to develop compelling learning experiences for their employees as companies and institutions strive to keep up with the changing working environment.
Companies like Bosch provide free and subsidised education to school dropouts and underprivileged but deserving candidates, ensuring that graduates have the requisite skills to enter the labour force.
Google has partnered with various Indian institutes to introduce an Android Developer Skilling Program etc.
Likewise, many companies believe in training their workforce, investing in L&D and hiring strategies to impart knowledge of the latest market and technological innovations to make their employees well equipped with market standards.
They are in the process of building an upskilling culture within their existing workforce.
With the current thrust toward digitalisation, India’s education system is expected to thrive and Edtech will be the future of the education sector in India.
There is an ardent need for collaboration between the government and the private sector, industry and education to develop a curriculum in a manner that makes our students “job-ready” upon graduation.
Upskilling will be a critical strategy for maintaining long-term success in this fast-paced business landscape. As sectors and enterprises advance, traditional methods will no longer be sufficient to sustain growth.
A flourishing entrepreneurial culture, high investor confidence, an eager workforce, supportive government efforts, expanding institutional engagement, and well-designed and managed policies can all help to alleviate skill shortages for a strong, globally competitive economy.
The article is authored by Ranjita Raman, CEO of Jaro Education.