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Karma Management’s Global Contingent Workforce Management Division or commonly known in the industry as “Outsourcing” works similar to Professional Serviced Office Solutions Centre, which is customer oriented with one ultimate objective of cobbling all the outsourced people or contingent workers or contingent labor at different levels and locations together as a cohesive unit , to make it work as Karma’s One Organization although being a sub part of many different Client Organizations engaged with us for outsourced serviceable delivery.

In this blog on outsourcing, we take a journey down on the role of potentially talented outsourced employees who are given opportunities to undergo skill training or on-the-job training in the form of Apprentices or as some call them Interns or Summer Trainees or Traineeship . This is a great opening given by Karma which helps the Apprentices or Interns to learn job specific skills or behavior

Karma Management’s Traineeship Program is designed to bring highly qualified and motivated students with diverse backgrounds into the Organization to work on projects linked to the Strategic Planning, Key Account Ownership, Licensing and Liaison, Data Analytics, Planning and Formulations, Facility Management Operations, Planning and Coordination, Research and Software Development, Legal Drafting and Essaying, Blog and Contents Writing, SOP and Process Re-engineering, and so on , so as to support the corporate functions of Domestic and Global Organizations . Its main goal is to give successful candidates the opportunity to improve their analytical and technical skills in an international environment.

Karma Management’s Hiring and On-Boarding Managers keep on receiving high volume of applications for apprentices and interns at its Headquarters in Santacruz, Mumbai. Every application is examined and scrutinized and subsequently shortlisted candidates are contacted by the Hiring Teams for interviews. The waiting period is of 3 months following the submission of the application and if one does not hear within 3 months, it is clearly specified that this time round the application is not considered and you may apply again in the next round.

Karma Management takes a walk down on the role of Apprentices in today’s time versus the regulatory obligations versus the Apprentices Act, 1961 versus advantages to employers on engaging Apprentices.

Apprentice training is considered to be the best form of shop floor training and increases employees’ productivity. It also helps employers’ to lower employee acquisition costs. It also reduces regulations and penalty clauses if some organizations fail to hire despite promising to do so.

In present times, more and more employers are engaging apprentices because it is more beneficial and cost effective for all employers whether big or small. In the amended Rules in the year 2019, the employers have been given the liberty to offer optional trade for apprentices instead of only the designated trades notified by the Government of India under the Act.

Apprenticeship is a combination of on-the-job training and related classroom instruction under the supervision of a craft person or trade professional in which workers learn the practical and theoretical aspects of a highly skilled occupation.

Apprenticeship is a system of training the new generation of practitioners of a trade or profession with on-the-job training and often some accompanying study (classroom work and reading).

All establishments having a workforce (regular and contract employees) of 30 or more are mandated to undertake apprenticeship programs in a range from 2.5% to 15% of its workforce (including direct contractual employees) every year. For establishments having a workforce below 30, this is optional but those with a workforce of 3 and less, are not permitted under the rules to engage apprentices. There are two categories of trades defined under the Apprentices Act, 1961. Designated trades – those notified by the Government are referred to as designated trades. Optional trades means any trade or occupation or any subject field of engineering, non engineering, technology or vocational training found relevant by an employer as per their requirement, other than the designated trades notified under the Act. Duration of apprenticeship (including basic training) is between 6 to 24 months for optional trade and 6 to 36 months for designated trade at the discretion of an establishment.

The recent reforms introduced in the Apprentices Rules by the Government have made the process of hiring apprentices more convenient for establishments. The stipend reimbursement to the establishment by the Government has always been a motivating factor. Now that third-party agencies have also been allowed to help find the right candidates, there has been a big boost in hiring apprentices.

The engagement of apprentices contributes in its own way for the employment generation in the country and also for creating the good employee-employer relationship necessary for the conducive atmosphere for large scale industrialization. In China, the number is said to cross one crore and in Japan, it has crossed 40 lakhs.

Skill India is an initiative launched by the Government in 2015 to train over 40 crore Indians in different industry-related jobs. The vision is to create an empowered workforce by 2022 with the help of various schemes and training courses.

Following are some of the government schemes for skill development in India?

Schemes & Initiatives

· Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY)

· Rozgar Mela.

· Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Kendras (PMKK)

· Capacity Building Scheme.

· Udaan.

· School Initiatives and Higher Education.

· India International Skill Centres (IISCs)

· Pre Departure Orientation Training (PDOT)

National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) is a non-profit organization that was established to provide a skilled and professional workforce in India. It was started by the Ministry of Finance in 2008 and works on public-private partnership and follows the Company Act 1956. The main motto of this organization is to train more than 40 crore people in various sectors and increase employment in the country.

Functions of NSDC

In the field of skill development, it provides funds to enterprises, companies, and organizations.

It offers training for educated individuals and school and college dropouts.

It develops a proper model to enhance support and coordinate private sector initiatives.

Details about NSDC

According to the official data as per 2020 reports, here are all the details about the NSDC skill development courses and its training partners:

Training Partners – 538

Training Centers – 10,373

Job Roles – 1500+

Sector Skills Council – 36

Trained – 20.45 Lakhs

Placed – 1.86 Lakhs

Karma Management Global Tech Firm has been laying a lot of emphasis on recruitment of apprentices and interns , not only for its own setup but also deploying and engaging apprentices for its client organization on their premises which is helping to share costs among different parties (employers, individuals and the Government). Karma has over 6000 employees on its outsourced roll containing a variety of job roles and characteristics of the nature of these jobs. Various aspects of work are evolving and job types are constantly changing due to a variety of reasons including the pandemic. People are moving towards the center of the whole process, and the concept of working flexibility is gaining momentum in transforming the work culture. Employees are taking tremendous interest in flexible work options and so are the apprentices who are working side by side with these experienced employees, are benefitting and become an integral part of this model.

Middle managers and Leaders in Karma Management are playing an important role in shaping the mindset of all the team members in building up of working relationship with new and old employees, be it interns or apprentices or summer trainees or stalwarts or senior employees without compromising on the work ethics and charting out a well defined and effective distributed role for every employee with structured job descriptions and KPIs.

In fact, Australia and more recently the UK have been moving to a mass apprenticeship system across all sectors in the economy.

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