According to a study ‘The Karnataka State Level Skill Survey Report 2020,’ the state will require about 3.5 million additional blue collar workers by 2020. Sectors such as construction, travel and tourism, manufacturing and retail would require this infusion of blue collar workers in order to match the growth.
The report was jointly released by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Labour Department and Department of Employment and Training, in the city on Thursday.
“Student acquisition is a key challenge and therefore, these studies need to focus on understanding current student expectations, willingness to pay for such courses and travel to skill centres for training, placement expectations,” the study said.
It also stated that courses relevant to these sectors should be started. Skill centres should be opened in many districts to serve the needs of workforce. The study also recommended prioritisation of sectors and conducting microlevel studies in the districts where these sectors are likely to have a high impact.
The study would give a better understanding of the current scenario in terms of training requirements, facilities, income levels and willingness of students.