By Ankita Mitra
Vocational education and training (VET), also called career and technical education (CTE), refers to the skill based education and training.
Vocational training institutes imparts specific knowledge and skills for a particular trade. It pays full respect to his taste and aptitude and lays a solid foundation of his career.
Vocational Education and Training (VET) arranges practical training required for a calling in life. It helps the trainee to earn his livelihood by unfolding the latent skill of a person.
Importance of Vocational Education and Training
The world is changing fast. With the introduction of computer and internet new avenues of jobs are being opened up. In this new perspective the system of education deserves reorientation.
Vocational education claims utmost importance for higher academic education fails to bring the educated their daily breads. One of the important features of vocational education is that it is job-oriented. An increased number of good vocational training institutes would open doors for students who want to pursue their career in a particular trade.
Considering the importance of Vocational Education and Training, the government should encourage the youth to go in for vocational education that creates wider accessibility to vast and varied fields of employment all over the globe.
Need for Vocational Education and Training in India
There is a growing need for Vocational education and training programmes in India. Today, every corporate is looking for skilled employees. There is increased demand for skilled office secretary, typist, cashier, electrician, technician, carpenter, etc. The medical and hospital industry recruits a large number of nurses, laboratory technicians, etc. The recent surge in travel and hospitality industry has further increased opportunity for vocational training institutes.
Further, those students who do not get admission in degree colleges and universities, would go to vocational training institutes, where they could be trained as technicians, electricians, carpenters, designers, draftsmen, and the like.
It would reduce the crowd and rush for admissions for which a cut-off percentage can be reserved. Students who have an inclination to learn and excel, who want to be engineers, doctors, teachers, administrators, etc. would go into the general stream. They can choose the science stream or the humanities. The deserving students with the best results would go to the general stream for higher education.
Hence, such education is the need of the hour.
Future of Vocational Education and Training in India
The future prospect of Vocational education and training seems to be very bright. India is a large country with a population of over 1.21 billion people. Employment remains the sole goal of all education in India and if there is training being imparted which can guarantee a reasonable income prospect, the youth would like to go in for it. The best suited candidate for a trade could be judged and evaluated by a qualifying test and even a psychological counseling.