With India’s vision of creating 300 million jobs by 2020, IL&FS Skills is geared up to support the initiative with several innovative programmes. Team Panorama met with Mr R C M Reddy, Managing Director and CEO, IL&FS Education and Technology Services Pvt Ltd, to understand how the Company is preparing to help support the target  

  1. By 2020, India is poised to become the world’s youngest country with 64% of working population. The government is also focusing on skill development among the youth, how are we preparing ourselves to meet the situation?

    IL&FS Skills Development Corporation Limited (IL&FS Skills) is a joint initiative with National Skills Development Corporation (NSDC) and is one of the largest skill development companies in the country with a mission to train two million youth and establish more than 100 IL&FS Institute of Skills (IIS) by 2020. The company today offers an array of skill development programmes to a wide range of learner segments - ranging from students in school (Class IX-XII), school drop outs, undergraduates & graduates, diploma holders to working professionals and artisans. Till date, the company has impacted 1.5 million people through various interventions, including but not limited, to gainful employment of 5 lakh unemployed youth

    The company has designed and is delivering short term (up to 6 months) industry endorsed employability linked skill development programmes for the unemployed youth, who are also in focus for the Government of India. These programmes are spread across more than a hundred job roles/trades, in more than 21 sectors such as Manufacturing, General Engineering, Health, ITES and Service Industry, in line with National Skills Qualification Framework (NSQF). With an annual capacity of 1.5 lakh trainees, IL&FS Skills has established a network of more than 61 IIS and 150 ISS (IL&FS Skill Schools) across 530 districts in 24 states and works with more than 1,000 employers and 22 sector skill councils

    The company has integrated technology in its delivery model to reach the scale and standardisation. All institutes are connected through a common IT platform that ensures monitoring and quality control. The company has also developed a Skills Exchange programme that connects almost a 1000 industry partners with more than 5 lakh skilled youth online for their hiring requirements

    The company has been working in partnership with state/central government and corporates (under their CSR programme) to implement outcome based large scale skill development schemes or projects. Also, the integration of education and employment within its skill development programmes has been recognised by McKinsey & Company as one of the top two global initiatives aimed at faster and inclusive growth

    With further deployment of technology in the model, the company is working with national and international universities, academic & knowledge partners to expand its coverage of programmes and outreach to make globally relevant skilled youth at a scale by 2020

  3. How are we fighting the challenges of urban migration where the youth from rural areas are migrating to the cities, what opportunities are created for them? Is there a platform that will help them get employment?

    Under our placement linked training involving urban migration for job, following initiatives have been designed by IL&FS Skills:

    1. Using technology, an online database has been created to map employer's manpower requirement with availability of skilled workforce through our network of institutes to ensure minimum dislocation or migration of the trainee
    2. Setting up of migration helpdesks at four zones in the country to support the trainees with accommodation and food in the early settlement period of job in a new location
    3. Arrangement with our employer partners to provide subsidised boarding and lodging facilities to the trainees 
    4. Setting up of call center to track the well-being of all trainees for a period of 12 months from training completion

    Additionally, IL&FS Skills has implemented many livelihood projects in major rural clusters across the country. These projects aim to undertake holistic development of such traditional clusters with livelihood promotion, productivity enhancement and market integration as the key drivers. This approach entails integrated development of the entire value chain, thereby addressing the key infrastructure, technology and capacity gaps and enabling the large base of skilled artisans/ weavers to become commercially sustainable, access mainstream markets, enhance livelihood opportunities and increase their disposable income. This also leads to gainful employment and prevents migration to other places for doing odd jobs
    We further plan to launch sector specific Entrepreneurship Development Programmes (EDPs) in partnership with universities, industries and at our Institutes. EDP shall follow an outcome based approach where prospective entrepreneurs would be supported through creation of their enterprise to growth of their business. Further to training, adequate linkages shall be provided for financial needs (linking to MUDRA and other MFIs), market (backward and forward) and technical assistance which will ensure successful operations of the enterprise

  5. IL&FS Skill Development has partnered with National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC). Can you throw some light on the various initiatives undertaken by this partnership?

    IL&FS Skills is a joint initiative of IL&FS Education and Technology Services Limited (IL&FS Education) and National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) whereby NSDC holds 19.9% equity stake in IL&FS Skills. Since 2011, this partnership has contributed significantly in adding to the physical training capacity and outreach of NSDC in following ways:

    1. With NSDC's support, IL&FS Skills has set up a network of 61 multi-skill training centres and more than 150 single skill centres equipped with world class training infrastructure and simulated labs including four Centres of Excellence (CoE) in Automotive, Hospitality, Health, and Beauty & Wellness sectors. These IL&FS Skill's MSIs' have an annual training capacity of 1 lakh trainees across 22 sectors and 100 job roles (NSQF aligned)
    2. IL&FS Skills has been able to establish an outreach to 530 districts in 24 states providing a wide range of youth and industry coverage for any national level skill development scheme
    3. With NSDC, the company has trained 5.3 lakh youth
    4. The company participated in two national level skill development schemes implemented by NSDC - Standard Training Assessment and Reward Scheme (STAR) and Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojna (PMKVY) in 2015 and 2016 respectively with successful training of 1.2 lakh youth
    5. The company has created industry relevant NSQF aligned training content for more than 100 job roles across 21 sectors. The content, in addition to print material, has integrated multimedia content in nine regional languages to ensure standardised training delivery. The content is available for other training agencies/partners of NSDC on license fee basis
    6. The company, under the ambit of NSDC, has created a cadre of more than 450 trained & certified trainers capable of institutional delivery of skill development training


  7. Tell us about Skill Development for INclusive Growth (SPRING) initiative?
  8. IL&FS Skills launched its flagship skills development programme – SPRING “Skills Program for Inclusive Growth” to meet the industry requirement for skilled manpower; at the same time address government’s mandate of poverty alleviation and inclusive growth through sustainable livelihood. The programme offers outcome-based skill development interventions for a varied range of leaner segments ranging from school-going students, unemployed youth, to working professionals and trainers. These interventions are also customised and delivered under the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives of many corporates at their project locations

  9. What is your model of operation?
  10. IL&FS Skill development programme is executed through hub (IIS) and spoke (ISS) models across India. IL&FS Institute of Skills (hubs) have state-of-the-art training and infrastructure facilities, whereas IL&FS Skill Schools (spokes) are the extended arms of hubs which make skill training available to youth who are hitherto untouched. Both hubs and spokes train students through simulated labs which are mapped to the shop floor and bring the workplace to the classroom. Each spoke is supported and monitored by a hub for training delivery and job placements. The training infrastructure is workplace simulated in every respect. The team at IL&FS Skills has extensive experience in the design of training spaces; having been involved in the establishment of more than 40 infrastructure park projects and more than 200 skill development centres

    All our training programmes are designed by a competent academic team that ensures that all programmes are mapped and aligned to the competencies designed by skilled councils of the respective sector, and are sufficient for a trainee to be employable when deployed on the job. Further, for holistic development of the trainee, the programmes are blended with domain training, functional English, computer literacy and work readiness

    The use of technology for standardisation of training processes is one of the key differentiators of our training model. Technology is used in creating standardised multimedia content. This digital content is loaded in IL&FS patented community computer K-yan. These two technological innovations have been primary reasons for ensuring uniform quality of the programme at this scale

As shared with IFIN Panorama Editorial Team

Inputs from
R C M Reddy
MD, IL&FS Skills


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