Thursday, May 29, 2014

Community Skill Parks; an evolving innovation in the skill training ecosystem in Kerala, India

Under its flagship programme called Additional Skill Acquisition Programme (ASAP), Higher Education Department, Government of Kerala plans to set up Community Skill Parks. The evolving idea is to set up state-of-the-art skill training facilities in a modular structure so that there shall be no need to reserve space for particular courses for a long period. For instance after a two hour training on diesel engines, the organizers of the Skill Park should be able to rearrange the same place within a few minutes to take a session on refrigeration.
However there shall be dedicated large areas for broad categories of courses like those use heavy machinery, require precision, activity oriented etc The courses coming under each category will be conducted at the areas allotted for the respective category. The whole thing will have a ‘circus tent like’ management of equipment and facilities.
ASAP plans to organize an initial workshop during June/2014 to get inputs from the Training Service providers on the class room as well as laboratory requirements for various kinds of courses. The output of this initial workshop will be given as the input for a preliminary design workshop. A series of design workshops at various levels will be required to finalize the design. 

 Once implemented, the CSP will definitely bring in revolutionary changes in the skill training ecosystem and it will become a model for the entire world.

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