What is a ‘skill’ and how does it differ from ‘talent’? What is ‘upskilling’?
A skill is a learned ability to carry out a task with pre-determined results often within a given amount of time, energy or both. A skill differs from talent. Talent is ingrained and in some cases inherited. Skill, however, is acquired. Upskilling is a process of learning new skills or updating old skills that an individual possesses. From a learning point of view, no skill is not static. Therefore a skill must always be upgraded and revised. This holds especially true for soft skills.
Why skill development?
Skill Development is a process aimed at creating a workforce empowered with the necessary and continuously upgraded skills, knowledge and internationally recognized qualifications to gain access to decent employment and ensure India’s competitiveness in the dynamic global market. It aims at increasing the productivity and employability of workforce (waged and self-employed, or both) in the organized and the unorganized sectors. Skill development is of key importance in stimulating a sustainable development process and can make a contribution in facilitating the transition from an informal to formal economy.
Skill development in an Indian context.
The dire lack of employable skills in an average Indian jobseeker present in the Indian skilled-labor landscape has been highlighted by various experts on several occasions. As the economy of India continues to rise amid the plethora of promises made by the current regime supported by the ‘Make in India’ policy, the job market is not maturing proportionately, at least in terms of quality. PACETMhas taken the initiative to provide a repertoire of technical and soft skills to students to help them navigate the challenges of the job market in a more efficient and effective manner.