World Skill Center: Towards developing global skills among Odisha youth

Bhubaneswar: Many youths in Odisha are able these days to explore various career opportunities within the State and outside after being ‘Skilled In Odisha’.

Moreover, World Skill Center (WSC) established under the flagship vision of Odisha Skill Development Authority (OSDA), Govt of Odisha, is playing an important role in boosting the modern career dreams of the youth while preparing them for global markets.

This state-of-the-art Skill Development Center, focused on imparting modern and global skills and set up under the Skill Development and Technical Education Department, Govt of Odisha, has come up at Mancheswar industrial estate here. Young boys and girls of Odisha are trained at the World Skill Center on a ‘Finishing School’ model making them industry ready for diverse sectors. They are skilled in seven advanced courses in the School of Engineering and School of Services at WSC.

“In the coming days, young men and women who are ‘Skilled In Odisha’ will set a benchmark for themselves in the global skills and recruitment arena. The longstanding vision of having world-class skilling facilities in the State by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has lent Odisha a unique identity in the domain. At WSC, we endeavour to shape the youth of Odisha into a global workforce with training and exposure in various advanced technologies and services,” Chief Executive Officer of WSC Alka Misra said.

The World Skill Center has built adequate infrastructure including advanced laboratories and world-class equipment and adopted a dynamic pedagogy to produce the future workforce in various skill sectors. The Center has partnered with Singapore-based Institute of Technical Education Services (ITEES) leveraging their expertise in the field of technical education and skilling, globally. The WSC is setting a reputation for itself as a one of its kind skill development institution in the country.

The ‘School of Engineering’ at WSC offers five modules namely Electrical Technology, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration, Mechanical and Electrical Services, Mechatronics and Vertical Technology.

ITI or Diploma Engineering pass-outs from the State are eligible for this 1-year course through a selection-based process, a spokesperson of the WSC expressed.

Similarly, the School of Services has two market-oriented courses namely ‘Beauty Wellness and Spa’ and ‘Hair Fashion and Design’. Candidates having +2 or Diploma in any subject can apply for the same.

The World Skill Center was launched in 2021. Out of the first batch of pass-out candidates, 24 individuals have got the opportunity to do a ‘paid internship’ at various organizations in Singapore. The center lays special emphasis on ‘Placement’ for top performing candidates going out in each Batch so they can pursue a career in various global organisations. The programme for the next Batch of students will begin in September, the spokesperson added.

Students at WSC pay a nominal sum of Rs 20,000 towards course fees. They avail of hostel accommodation and food, uniforms and bus facility, free of cost, borne by the Government of Odisha.

“The slogan ‘Skilled in Odisha’ has become synonymous with the aspirations of Odisha’s youth who wish to transform themselves into globally skilled human resources. Hence, the new generation of the state should come forward to avail the opportunity that the state government has offered through the World Skill Center,” the WSC CEO further said.

Under Odisha’s skill canvas, WSC shall operate on a hub and spoke model enhancing the skill education and training landscape with various skill development institutes as the spokes. It includes upskilling the educators through ‘Training of Trainers’ activities.

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