How can the expansion of the apprenticeship system in India create conditions for greater equity and social justice?

Authors: Erica Smith, Federation University Australia; Ros Brennan Kemmis, Charles Sturt University; Paul Comyn, International Labour Organization

Edition: Volume 54, Number 3, November 2014

Summary:  This paper reports on aspects of a recent project carried out for the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the World Bank, which was designed to feed into the process of updating and expanding India’s apprenticeship system. The apprenticeship system in India is extremely small for the country’s population, even taking into account the high proportion of jobs that are in the informal economy, and is subject to very rigid regulation. Expansion of the system has been seen as vital in order to improve the supply of skills to the rapidly expanding economy, and also to address issues of disparity in labour market participation and equity for certain groups in Indian society. The paper firstly explains how findings about apprenticeship  systems from ten other countries, together with analysis of the Indian situation, were used to present options for consideration by the Indian government. It then analyses these options for their social justice and equity implications.

Keywords: Apprenticeship, developing nation, equity, access to training

 

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