Oshwal Academy has introduced vocational training to its curriculum in a bid to equip students who can better drive economic growth.
The aim is to bridge the growing gap between what employers want and the abilities of graduates. This will help students prepare early for the current skilled working environment.
Mr Kaushik Shah, the Chairman of the Oshwal Academy Board of Governors noted that the challenge for employers in both the technical and non-technical sectors of the economy has been the absence of a skilled workforce that can adapt to new and more challenging job roles.
Speaking during the launch of BTEC, a vocational skills programme, in its senior school curriculum, Mr. Shah said vocational training will produce trained workforce needed to drive the economic growth process in the world economy.
He said BTEC (Business and Technology Education Council) qualification is recognized the world over for its practical skills, real life learning and engaging experience designed to meet the needs of modern-day employers. It is expected to enrich the A level curriculum in line with the school’s strategic plan, he said.
Corporate leaders present during the launch said there’s need to take urgent steps to impart job ready skills in fresh, educated workforce to meet the varied demands of business, trade and industrial sectors.
“As an employer, I cannot overemphasize the need for the right mix of education and vocational skills in a person to make him or her more employable in the global market,” said Mr. Vir Panesar, the Director of furniture supplier, Panesar Kenya.
Panesar, who studied sports science at Kent University, said sports is the third largest industry after cosmetics and drugs, and is being ignored by most schools.
“BTEC equips students with the specialist knowledge, practical skills and the understanding they need to progress along their chosen learning and career paths” said Mr. Shah.
Besides meeting their specific current job needs, workers need access to training programmes that support lifelong skills development and focus on future market needs.