Skill India tie up with French Government & Schneider Electric
MoU between the two governments and the other partners - the Fondation de France, Schneider Electric India Foundation and the Power Sector Skill Council was exchanged to establish a center of excellence to train trainers and setup not less than 100 vocational training centers, to train, in particular, unemployed youth in the field of energy management and solar energy.
New Delhi, 12 October 2016
President of Schneider Electric,
Mr Secretary, Ladies and gentlement
I am very pleased to be here, among you all today, at the invitation of Schneider Electric, on the occasion of the visit of the CEO, Jean-Pascal Tricoire, to India.
I would like to particularly greet the organizers for their commitment towards strengthening Indo-French cooperation. It is an honour to speak in the presence of the distinguished Minister of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Mr Rajiv Pratap Rudy. This is a strong testimony of the interest of the Indian authorities in partnering with France in India’s development journey.
Like many countries, but in a proportion that is specific to her size of population, India faces the challenge of making her growth inclusive and sustainable, through massive investments in skill building policy.
All over the country, 144 million youth are between the age of 18 and 23. 10 million new entrants arrive every year into the already stressed labour market. Filling the gap between high level of skills required by the employers and relatively less qualified skills of a large part of the workforce is a major challenge.
The ambitious “Skill India” program, launched by the Government of India, aims at training around 300 M people by the year 2020.
We want to take full part of this challenge;
- Because France, an established industrial country that houses a workforce with world renowned skill sets, can bring advice and knowhow.
- But above all, because France has been a long lasting key player in India’s industrial and technological development, as the 3rd largest investor in India with an average investment of around 1 billion euro per year for the last 4 years and a cumulative stock of over 20 billion euros.
Many French companies have already embarked on initiatives on supporting the Skill India program: Accor, Air Liquide, Capgemini, Danone, Engie, L’Oréal, Michelin, Renault, Safran, are already training thousands of Indians, providing technical skills generally required by Indian industries.
Apart from this numerous private initiatives, several institutional partnerships have been set up in recent years that are continuously contributing to the development of key skills. In the field of aerospace for example, the French School of Civil Aviation (ENAC) was, thus, chosen by its Indian counterpart to create (along with its Indian partner) a training course at Hyderabad, for around 50 Indian engineers and air traffic controllers every year.
Among all these initiatives, Schneider Electric appears as one of the most committed companies and, indeed, exemplifies the way major French companies view their role in India, today. For Schneider’s strong presence in India (of more than 19 000 employees) is not just limited to approaching India has a market, as a revenue, or even as a production platform, but as a long term partner, engaging here in the field of research and development (I visited your Rand Dcenter in Bangalore a few weeks ago and was very impressed by this world class facilities) or on skill development program.
Together with the French ministry of Education, Schneider Electric Foundation and the Government of Karnataka, two years ago Schneider Electric India launched, the first program of cooperation resulting in the creation of an “Institute of Electricity and Energy Management (IEEM)”. This Center of Excellence aims at training Junior Trainer Officers, who in turn will train ITI (Industrial Training Institute) students in Karnataka. The success of this exemplary cooperation project enables us to enlarge at the scale of the whole India, this ambitious training program.
After the speeches, a MoU between our two governments and the other partners - the Fondation de France, Schneider Electric India Foundation and the Power Sector Skill Council will be exchanged to establish a center of excellence to train trainers and setup not less than 100 vocational training centers, to train, in particular, unemployed youth in the field of energy management and solar energy. One French expert will be dedicated to coordinate this ambitious project.
Thus, we are today celebrating another milestone in Schneider electric’s engagement into training skilled forces in the strategic sector of electricity and renewable energy.
Through this very innovative program, French know-how in pedagogical engineering in the field of technical and vocational education will go hand-in-hand with the concept of “academic industry” , ensuring vocational training in line with market needs. And it will do so in the sector of renewable energy, whose potential for development is enormous at the same time and vital for India.
Ladies and Gentlemen, I am proud to see one of our leading companies contributing to this crucial challenge of skilling India. Developing skills means developing human exchanges, employment, competitiveness, innovation, long term investments. All values that are cornerstones of our bilateral partnership.
I thank you very much for you invitation and wish long life to the partnership between Schneider Electric and your Ministry.