BANGALORE: Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) along with Bangalore Chambers of Industry and Commerce (BCIC) and Society of Indian Aerospace Technologies & Industries (SIATI) have come together to form a non- profit organization for developing skills in the Aerospace and Aviation sector in India. Dr R K Tyagi, chairman of HAL would be heading the governing council of this organization which is going to be registered soon. The council will comprise members from aviation majors, airport operators and academia. Invites have been sent to Air India, Jet Airways, Spice Jet, Indigo, GVK Group, Tata, ISRO, NAL to join in this endeavour. “The council is mandated to train approximately four lakh people over the next ten years in 90 different trades identified for better employment opportunities, improving employability and bridging gaps in skills required in this sector”, Dr Tyagi said. According to a census report, 54% population of the country is under the age group of 30 years and the ratio of population in the working age group (15-59 years) is likely to be 64% by the year 2021. This also means that India will have approximately 25% of the world’s total workforce by year 2025 and the initiative such as SDC will be useful in creating opportunities for young people.
On the other hand, by 2022, India will require about 500 million skilled workers across all skilled sectors, specifically in the manufacturing, the country will see a skills gap of nearly 90 million workers — almost twice the current figure.