Getting Dividend from Demography: Skills Policy and Labour Management in Contemporary Indian Industry
Journal of South Asian Development, 2018, vol. 13, issue 3, 315-336
This article is an analytical reflection based on a personal account of working with one of Indiaâ€™s new-generation vocational training and placement agencies implementing the governmentâ€™s skills policy after its revamping in 2009. As the author struggles to search for decent jobs on behalf of trained candidates, she provides insights into the state of blue-collar jobs and the troubled relationships between company â€˜human resourcesâ€™ (HR) and industrial relations (IR) managers and their workforce. While the public programmes and policies referred to here are ostensibly about skill, the article reveals them to have quite a different purpose for industry: they offer ways by which employers can not only secure the flow of casual workers but also tie them in, thereby stabilizing their workforce in an era where the â€˜permanent workerâ€™ is no longer an acceptable or viable category. Presenting a backdrop of moral ambiguity and dilemma, the article highlights the disconnect between the declared intent of government â€˜skillsâ€™ policy and the way in which it is actually realized, from the viewpoint of employer, student and vocational training provider.
Keywords: Labour; skill development; migration; India; industrial relations (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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