Previously, Indian government aimed to achieve a target of switching to 100% electrical vehicles by the year 2030. It then brought it down to feasible 30%. This substantial decrease is said to be due to lack of skilled human resources in the automotive industry. India currently has around 1-1.5 lakh of electrical vehicles, which is expected to increase by 5% in the upcoming years. Furthermore, only 1% of electrical vehicles out of 24 million vehicles were sold in 2017-18. These facts are enough to state that skilling and upskilling of automotive workforce is highly required.
Need for upskilling the Indian manpower
Undoubtedly, the Indian government has invested substantially in providing sufficient power, charging points and other infrastructure that are required to attain the targets. However, the requirement of adequate skilled manpower still remains unfulfilled. Workforce possessing enough technical skills and experience to utilize technology in a completely distinctive manner is required to revolutionise the industry.
With the advent of next-gen futuristic technologies, the demand for a completely new approach to train the employees is soaring high. A rapid development is witnessed in technologies like data analytics, cloud computing and other technologies based on Internet of Things that urges the existing skilled individuals. Personnel equipped with profound knowledge in virtual design programming and coding are and will be required immensely to cater to the job roles like automobile analytics engineer, 3D printing technician, ML based vehicle cyber security professional, sustainability integration expert, etc.
Steps taken by government
The government and the industry leaders are coordinating together to come up with robust solutions to fill the gaps and meeting the demands of the global automotive market. Skill India Mission – a scheme introduced to provide training and jobs to Indian youth – is one of the significant steps taken by the government. Complementing it, are a few schemes and institutes that are run by the Prime Minister to combat foreseen challenges in the automotive industry.
Automotive Skills Development Council (ASDC) is one such government aided training institute that aims to skill and upgrade the nation’s workforce in the automotive ecosystem. ASDC is working tremendously to add a higher value via skill that will lead to capital creation and increase in economic activities. This training portal is integrated with academic pathways that help in skyrocketing one’s expertise and achievements. The other associated government schemes like National Apprentice Program Scheme (NAPS), Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), and Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY) also contribute in encouraging technicians and mechanics to soar high in the automotive sector.