The RSDC India Skills Webinar held on 24th June 2020, proved a big hit in India and across the globe.
Skills and knowledge are the driving forces of economic growth and social development for any country. Countries with higher and better levels of skills adjust more effectively to the challenges and opportunities of the world of work. We all are aware that skilled employees are at the core of competitive enterprises. It brings enterprises the agility and resilience to effectively respond to market changes.
In this context, RSDC (Rubber Skills Development Council, India) organised a webinar to discuss the “Global Perspective for Skill Development post COVID-19”. At a time when the world of work is rapidly going through transformative change, upskilling has become essential due to the COVID19 pandemic. There are global trends that are drastically changing business models regardless of size, sector or location: technological innovation, global economic integration, demographic and generational shifts, climate change and sustainability, and a global shortage of skilled labour.
This RSDC India Skills Webinar featured eminent speakers from various countries who shared their views on the emerging trends, efforts made and role being played by various key stakeholders to create the way forward in skills development:
- Mr Jonathan Ledger, CEO Global Skills Ledger, UK
- Dr AbouElfadl Abdou, Senior Expert – TVET QA, Egypt
- Mr Jan Peter G de Otero, Vocational Education Specialist and Independent Consultant – TVET, UNESCO-UNEVOC, Germany
- Mr Dato’ Sri Ganes, Founder & Group CEO, SG Education Group and VP South Asia, International Vocational Education & Training Association, Malaysia
Session Moderator: Mr Vinod Simon, Chairman, Rubber Skill Development Council
Jonathan demonstrated some of impact of COVID-19 on the UK and global technical and vocational education and training sector and some of the challenges that this situation has created, and the solutions that have been put in place to ensure that the learner experience is not diminished in any way. Also discussed were a few of the actions implemented at policy, system, institute, employer and individual level. As part of this global discussion, participants also gained knowledge of the impact impact of COVID-19 on skills development in Malaysia, Germany and Egypt.