The National Education Policy 2020 stresses the importance of holistic development of students. With this objective “students will be given increased flexibility and choice of subjects to study, particularly in secondary school - including subjects in physical education, the arts and crafts, and vocational skills – so that they can design their own paths of study and life plans.” NEP 2020, p. 13. Such an approach will also help positively impact student perceptions around vocational skills at an early age and will help elevate the stature of the vocational skilling landscape.
Following on our previous engagements with the Ministry of skill development in India and the WorldSkills UK, we will continue to support raising awareness of vocational education and training. We created skills tool kit which are a resource for teachers and students to learn about vocational and technical skill areas and to experience hands-on-practice.
The tool kit seeks to support students to build on their future career plans by exploring various career opportunities. It will provide avenues for them to try their hands in different trades, and thereby help them gain an understanding of employability skills and, in the process, start thinking of their own career pathways. In creating these tool kits, we have tried to align the courses in the tool kit with those being offered by CBSE in their schools.
Using the skills tool kit, students will be able to:
- gain a better understanding of their own skill sets by trying out different technical and sector specific activities; they will also start to understand and explore skills required for the world of work
- gain greater knowledge on the career opportunities available out there, while being able to start thinking and beginning to make decisions on their career plans
- start thinking about entrepreneurial skills, and gain more knowledge on the subject through the inspirational stories of skill champions.
The toolkits can be downloaded from the section below.