Green TVET Capacity Building in Green Energy Power Generation: Building a Sustainable Engineering Skill Base
International Journal of Vocational Education and Training Research
Volume 1, Issue 3, October 2015, Pages: 34-41
Received: Jul. 27, 2015; Accepted: Sep. 2, 2015; Published: Sep. 9, 2015
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YP Chawla, Joint Electricity Regulatory Commission & National Joint Secretary - IIPE, National Capital Region, India
RSP Singh, School of Vocational Education & Training (SOVET), IGNOU, New Delhi, India
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Abstract
Promoting Energy Efficiency and Green Energy or Renewable Energy are the hottest topics being discussed globally these days, for climate control. Deploying Green Energy / Renewable (GE/RE) and accordingly employment in these areas have gained importance in recent years in India. Green energy employment opportunities continue to grow in various countries. International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) estimated that green energy jobs reached 7.7 million in 2014. Largest employers during 2014 for Green Energy Sector were China, Brazil, the United States, India, Germany, Spain and Bangladesh (in that order). And the regional shifts predominantly in the value chain of manufacturing and installation segments are noticed from developed to emerging countries that continue in wind and solar technologies. New Mantra for Indian growth spelt out by the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India is “Skills, Scale and Speed” for getting India back on the economy track. Technical Vocational Education & Training (TVET) for green energy is termed as GTVET or Green Energy Skills in this paper, as it makes a fit case for building a sustainable engineering skill base in the green economy. GVET has shown Skill Gaps in GE/ RE due to sector’s expansion. GTVET spans across various economic sectors through energy saving and urgently needs setting up of the Skill Standards for quantitative measurements of qualitative parameters for the Human Capital Assets required for sector’s Capacity Building. The Skill Standards are to act as bench marks for comparing two independent individuals by measuring these, for a useful comparison and for establishing a correlation for further testing the significance of the variations establishing cause and effect relationship for course correction if and as required. The Skill Standards also establish a correlation, between Skilling Institutions, Skilling facilitators and the individuals from diversified geographic regions, countries as well as other stakeholders. Skill Standards Setting Process or the concept of Skill councils is a recent phenomenon in India that got attention after the Skill gaps started getting reflected in the Industry, due to the industries expansion, demographic concerns of aging work force in various countries, for GTVET curriculum remaining unchanged and has not caught up with the dynamic technology changes. This has resulted in expansive “on job learning and self-learning” and poor “Return of Investment in Skilling” for not gaining adequate importance. Skilled manpower is needed for execution of an ambitious GE/RE program envisioned in India. The Skills needed in this sector are broadly covered in this paper. The skilling domain needed in this sector also include Soft Skills within the usual ambit along with the Technical Skills.
Keywords
GTVET, Green Skill Gaps, Green Employment, Occupational Standards
To cite this article
YP Chawla, RSP Singh, Green TVET Capacity Building in Green Energy Power Generation: Building a Sustainable Engineering Skill Base, International Journal of Vocational Education and Training Research. Vol. 1, No. 3, 2015, pp. 34-41. doi: 10.11648/j.ijvetr.20150103.11
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