The Future of Work in India

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The UK India Business Council in collaboration with Department for International Trade, the Department for International Development (DFID) India, and Pearson Plc are delighted to present this Digital Conversation on the Future of Work. Given the implications associated with COVID-19 and the number of those who have lost their jobs in India as a direct consequence, this webinar comes at a crucial time for those involved in the higher education sector.

UKIBC Associate Director Tara Panjwani will chair the discussion with Cindy Rampersaud, Senior Vice President at Pearson Plc; Jonathan Ledger, Global TVET Specialist, DIT UK; and Anu Gupta, Head of Skills, DFID India.

When: Wednesday, 3 June 2020
Time: 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM (BST) / 15:00 PM – 16:00 PM (IST)
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Sustained and inclusive economic growth is dependent on a workforce that is skilled and adaptable to the changing nature of organisations.

COVID-19 is accelerating the pace of technological disruption in India, started by the fourth industrial revolution, with many traditional jobs facing big risks whilst new jobs and new ways of working are emerging. Digital capabilities will be key in all future jobs and remote working will become a new norm.

More than 122 million workers in India lost jobs in April, according to a report released by an Indian economic research house including over 27 million young professionals in their 20s.

Constant upskilling and reskilling is becoming crucial to support economic recovery. A large-scale workforce transformation is paramount to enable those who lost their jobs to return to the labour market and find new jobs. Modifying technical/vocational education and providing flexible, relevant skills poses an even greater opportunity to reshape the Indian economy and equip workforce with relevant, digital and soft skills required for future jobs.

Workforce transformation will require a clear understanding of employers’ needs who are changing the way they operate in a new environment. A well trained, constantly learning workforce can contribute to sustained economic growth. The challenge will be ensuring economic development leads to inclusive growth. The public and private sector should collaborate to make certain the workforce of today are ready for the jobs of the future.

Join us on this webcast where we will answer:

  • What are the key emerging industries in India, and what skills are needed to support them?
  • How best to support the transformation of Indian technical-vocational education to enable sustainable economic growth?
  • How has technology changed skills development? Will lifelong learning become a necessity of the new normal?
  • What the Skills for Jobs Programme in India looks like now and how UK and India can collaborate to reform TVET system given new post-Covid focus and objectives.
  • How are companies and industries planning for a ‘new normal’ of work?

To secure your place on this interactive webinar – in which participants will be able to raise discussion points, ask our panellist questions, and make suggestions – please register here.


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