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TVET ecosystem Vs Skill ecosystem

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The recent trend in technical and vocational training spectrum is that the term Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET)', is being superseded in popularity by ‘Skill Training’. Consequently, at present, we are used to hear about two ecosystems as well; TVET ecosystem and Skill ecosystem.
Is skill ecosystem a sub system of TVET or a separate system? Quite naturally many individuals cherish this confusion, especially when they are taught to look at TVET as an all-encompassing system of technical and vocational education and training. The easiest way to approach this question would be to answer another question ‘Why do we need skill ecosystem?’.
In my opinion, skill ecosystem has been evolving from the failure of TVET in maintaining close relationship with industry and resultant failure in addressing industry needs. Even though there are thousands of TVET institutions in the world and millions of graduates come out of it each year, who are supposed to be competent to work at all levels in the industry, HR wings of most of the industries are disappointed with the outcome of their recruitment process. Over the years, it  created a situation wherein millions of youths remain unemployed while millions of technical vacancies remain unfilled in the absence of skilled applicants.
From the above situation it is very clear that there is a grave gap between the TVET and the Industry, as the TVET in most cases remain as a business of academicians. Thus Skill ecosystem has naturally been evolved out of this situation to bridge the gap between the TVET and the Industry. Many countries brought out separate skill development policies and set up sector skill councils with the active support and involvement of the industry. Therefore Skill ecosystem can be explained as a subsystem of TVET ecosystem and that grows out of the TVET and extended to the industry. Skill ecosystem works in conjunction with the TVET for ensuring vertical and horizontal mobility of the students through the academic framework and it is extended to the industry to ensure employment opportunity as well as to promote the industrial activities by addressing the shortage of skilled man power. TVET shall also be benefited out of this new situation when the industry relation would reach out to the TVET through the skill ecosystem.

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  1. Skill ecosystem will cater to the needs of the industry if:
    1. SSCs are made dynamic enough to communicate with the Skill ecosystem drivers which are in the skill ecosystem
    2.Skill ecosystem drivers must always seek to the needs of the industry and mould the TVET ecosystem as per the needs of the industry.
    3.The TVET ecosystem must always be ready to respond to the needs of the industry as communicated by the Skill ecosystem drivers as the TVET is mostly driven by the academicians who are not always in touch with industry as much as demanded by the industry

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  2. Industry partnership and involvement is to be ensured through out from curriculam design to training, which requires more deeper and complex partnership.The partnership should not be pre defined, is colloborative and invites innovation.

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  3. 1. I feel Business Advisory Councils set up by ASAP in different sectors will be able to contribute in linking the industry with our courses.
    2. The so called academicians of TVET ecosystem who are not in touch with industry should be given exposure to the trends in the industry through trainings and workshops which will benefit te students.

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  4. 1. The Business Advisory Councils formed by ASAP in various sectors is a right step in linking industry with skill ecosystem.
    2. The academicians of TVET systems should be linked with industry through tranings and workshops which will benefit the students

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  5. Skill ecosystems provide TVET an opportunity to extend its involvement in innovation, industry partnership and regional development.

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  6. Skill ecosystems provide TVET an opportunity to extend its involvement in innovation, industry partnership and regional development.

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  7. Industry changes every now and then. New technologies come in fast pace. Learners must be exposed to the latest technologies and training patterns. This could reduce the skill gap, for which the industry must be linked intensely with the help of government

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  8. Industry changes every now and then. New technologies come in fast pace. Learners must be exposed to the latest technologies and training patterns. This could reduce the skill gap, for which the industry must be linked intensely with the help of government

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  9. 1.SKILL ECO SYSTEM SHOULD BE TRANSPARENT .OPEN SPACE FOR NEW IDEAS,ENERGY AND RESOURCES,HENCE ENCOUNTER THE CORRUPTION FACTOR.
    2.COMMITMENT AT SENIOR LEVEL
    3.HEALTHY COMMUNICATION AND GOVERNANCE
    4.UNDERSTANDING OF AN ORGANIZATIONAL CULTURE
    5.PROMOTION OF LEARNING ENVIRONMENT
    6.CLEAR VISION AND SET UP OF GOALS EVENTHOUGH THE OUTCOMES ARE UNPREDICTABLE TO SOME EXTEND.
    7.MAINTAIN TRUST AND RESPECT
    8.REGULAR EVALUATION OF THE SYSTEM.

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  10. The author pitched in a debating argument. When some people argue for integrating skill with general education, there are certain evident examples where skill and education are separated and run successful. However, I feel TVET is a part of the skill ecosystem though it evolved from the former. In the wider context, industry looks at the ecosystem rather than SSC, TVET, NCVT or any other components but specifically on the out put of each components. For instance if ASAP itself emerges as an acceptable model, that may be a more acceptable in the industry rather than SSC or other protocols. However, an attempt in the level of TVET is very vital to internationalize skill sets of location specific job roles.

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  11. I think, More important than arguing whether Skill Ecosystem is a subsystem of TVET Ecosystem or Vice Versa is to think how to make skill ecosystem/TVET as an integral part of general education, where both will not be considered as separate entities.

    The biggest challenge of ASAP is that general education and skill education are more or less moving parallel to each other and skill education is considered as secondary. We can emerge as a successful model only when we can make these two meet and gel with each other.


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  12. I think more than thinking whether Skill Ecosystem is a subset of TVET or vice versa, it is more important that ASAP should think of integrating/ making general education as a subset of skill ecosystem. At present, in Kerala context, both are moving parallel to each other and skill education is considered as secondary. We can claim as a successful model only if we can make both meet and gel with each other. There might be/ can be instances where both general and skill education stand separately and be successful. But at a larger context, it is important to 'upgrade' skill education in people's minds.

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  13. I think, More important than arguing whether Skill Ecosystem is a subsystem of TVET Ecosystem or Vice Versa is to think how to make skill ecosystem/TVET as an integral part of general education, where both will not be considered as separate entities.

    The biggest challenge of ASAP is that general education and skill education are more or less moving parallel to each other and skill education is considered as secondary. We can emerge as a successful model only when we can make these two meet and gel with each other.


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  14. The discussion on Skill eco system is found happening in every where except in the academic institutions like Arts and colleges/Polytechnics and engineering colleges. TVET initiative for linking industries to instituions should happened at the earliest.ASAP could take fast initiative to bring the discussion to the campus using the facilities of NSS/Carrier cell/IQAC etc.ASAP could help government to make policy to link industry to academics by compulsory service for faculties in industries and vice versa.
    There should be lessons for Engineering students on different agencies of skill eco system in India as well as in the world.This will be easily possible with the support of KTU.

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  15. Interesting debate, Ecosystems of Skill development and TVET includes the same stake holders. India to become the global hub of skilled manpower both skill ecosystem and TVET need to address the challenges like
    Overcoming the aspirations of the youth and their obsession for academic education and white collar jobs
    Effective coordination of Private agencies and Govt
    Making skill training programme viable for the private players
    Bringing quality training programmes at affordable rate
    Involving the industry and employers in skill training programme
    Ensuring income to training youths a premium for doing training
    Greater use of technology in skill development
    Developing quality trainers
    International collaborations
    Providing basic to advanced level skill courses

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  16. TVET eco system should always have a feed back mechanism from industry as well as skill ecosystem,and have a policy to do modification based on this

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  17. skill ecosystem and TVET are very important factors in producing skilled manpower. as said by the author the skill ecosystem evolved from the failure of TVET. both need continues up-dation in order to create desired results. ensuring continues up-dation in the globalized market is a challenging responsibility, for this there should be active participation from industry in course designing and the courses should be evaluated in every year and necessary changes should be made by industry.

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  18. The Skill ecosystem is considered as a subset of TVET since the parent is TVET ; on this juncture my submission is that since TVET + present industrial requirements forms Skill ecosystem, the TVET can be said to be a subset of Skill Ecosystem , or we can say that the polished TVET in present Scenerio can be said to be Skill ecosystem

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  19. Though the TVET has been turned out a business of mere academicians it has a fully equipped infrastructure set up. In this context the entire TVET system can be revived by keeping the ASAP activities as role model and thereby create a strong industry linkage. This may help us TO address the issues persisting in TVET.

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  20. Though the TVET has been turned out a space for mere academicians it has a fully equipped infrastructure set up. So if the entire TVET system can be revived by keeping ASAP a role model and thereby create a strong industry linkage. The majority of issues facing at present in TVET could be addressed.

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    1. Yes.Exactly.I think outreach programmes through industries tie up is a good possibility to overcome the shortcomings of TVET

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  21. The Industrial support or involvement in the traditional TVET system is minimum. The TVET Sector and Industry, both are comfortable with each other not to involve with. The Skill Eco System put forwarded by ASAP like govt. programmes demands and creat a path for industrial involvement. The industry also should have the willingness to provide skill training.

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  22. The Industrial support or involvement in the traditional TVET system is minimum. The TVET Sector and Industry, both are comfortable with each other not to involve with. The Skill Eco System put forwarded by ASAP like govt. programmes demands and creat a path for industrial involvement. The industry also should have the willingness to provide skill training.

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  23. I do think that the system should not be changed. Innovations ought to brought in with the updations in industry. That's better rather than changing the entire system every now and then. And moreover evaluation has to be done on a regular basis.

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  24. "Nisanth Narayanan" - Skill ecosystem must always seek to the needs of the industry and should mould the TVET ecosystem as per the needs of the industry and we are also aware that TVET is mostly driven by the academicians who are not always in touch with the industry standards that is demanded. ASAP can definitely play an important role in building relationships with the industries and which ultimately will help in updating the issues faced by TVET at present.

    Nisanth Narayanan

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  25. Skill ecosystem drivers must always seek to the needs of the industry and shape the TVET ecosystem according to the needs of the industry. Also, The academicians of TVET ecosystem who are not in touch with industry should be given exposure to the trends in the industry through trainings and workshops which will benefit students and these students are definitely going to fulfil the industry demands. I would also suggest that there should be a continuous updation in the syllabus and participation from the industries for this process which will surely change the scenario as a whole and will surely have a positive result in the coming years.

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  26. Skill Eco system should be an eye opener to TVET where they lack industry involvement and failed in understanding industry needs. The infrastructure provided to them should be properly utilized and Youth should get opportunity to learn specific job skills which will help them to get employed.

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  27. As the author has rightly pointed out there should be a linkage with the skill ecosystem. Adding to it, there should be a collective linkage by the all the stake holders. whether it is industry, TVET institutes in a global level and should not be confined.

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  28. TVET should be based with the education system without creating any difference and comprehensive in nature with all the linkages to the industry and stake holders. The industrial presence should be their with the curriculum and the qualified ones should be directly picked out to the industry as an ecosystem.

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  29. Skill Ecosystem born when the technical education system/TVET failed to meet the industrial needs and also when failed to mould skilled graduates. As we look into our society as mentioned by the author, the "spoon fed" graduates widens the skill gap and disappoints the industries. This even affects the economy as well as development of the Nation, which has to be seriously addressed. So as a solution to minimize the gap skill ecosystem has evolved and it often shown the results. ASAP is also trying for the same and could harvest the fruits to an extend.

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  30. Skill Ecosystem born when the technical education system/TVET failed to meet the industrial needs and also when failed to mould skilled graduates. As we look into our society as mentioned by the author, the "spoon fed" graduates widens the skill gap and disappoints the industries. This even affects the economy as well as development of the Nation, which has to be seriously addressed. So as a solution to minimize the gap skill ecosystem has evolved and it often shown the results. ASAP is also trying for the same and could harvest the fruits to an extend.

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  31. The skill ecosystem is a newer term which often comes into discussions now a days. As mentioned by the author, the skill Eco system can be termed as a subsystem of TVET which often out grow the parent system. This is mainly because the graduates from technical streams are failing to satisfy the needs of the industry, which inturn affects the economy and the progress of the country. This is mainly because of the skill gap in the current education system. The "spoon fed" technicians and graduates are became a burden for the nation which uses the resources, the maximum and nothing is contributed to the nation. In such instances the need of a skill ecosystem which minimizes the skill gap becomes necessary.

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  32. 1.SKILL ECO SYSTEM SHOULD BE TRANSPARENT .OPEN SPACE FOR NEW IDEAS,ENERGY AND RESOURCES,HENCE ENCOUNTER THE CORRUPTION FACTOR.
    2.COMMITMENT AT SENIOR LEVEL
    3.HEALTHY COMMUNICATION AND GOVERNANCE
    4.UNDERSTANDING OF AN ORGANIZATIONAL CULTURE
    5.PROMOTION OF LEARNING ENVIRONMENT
    6.CLEAR VISION AND SET UP OF GOALS EVENTHOUGH THE OUTCOMES ARE UNPREDICTABLE TO SOME EXTEND.
    7.MAINTAIN TRUST AND RESPECT
    8.REGULAR EVALUATION OF THE SYSTEM.

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  33. Everything in the world changes in a rapid manner and I think the technical world and its possibilities shows the drastic change among all that. So industry demands always updated inputs and most of the time this demand is satisfied by TVETs due to the help of skill echo system. But whether the skill echo system is capable of eliminate all the imperfections of existing TVET system is the main concern.

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  34. Skill Ecosystem is an environment created to nullify the skill gap between the available T VET and the present industry situation. Many of the relevant academicians see this as an add on course, but the fact is skill ecosystem must be inculcated as a part of general education. We live in a world where the rate of technology growth is faster than earlier days. We need to cope up with the present technical requirements of the industry and train our students to their standards. This will definitely bring down the skill gap existing in our system.

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  35. TVETs were introduced when the present educational system could not create the required work force in skill areas. But it would be successful only when a student from any back ground is able to pick a skill of their talent and excel in their course accordingly.

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  36. for running at pace with the changing eco system, we should keep on updating the latest trends, developments and upcomings in the concerned sector. so the curriculum should be updated now and then and also should expose to the hands on training . Our students often get outdated as they are not getting such exposure.

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  37. TVET were formed with the aim of providing skilled manpower but it is failing due to the lack of updation in curriculum as well as the practical environment .Were as skill ecosystem enable them to be updated with industry standards.

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