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Swiss-Style Apprenticeship in an Indian Context

A pilot project in 2009 attempted to introduce the highly successful Swiss system of apprenticeship in India. Examining the key ingredients for success in such a system, this note highlights the cultural and institutional challenges it faces in the Indian context. These in India include an emphasis on theoretical relative to practical knowledge, highly structured hierarchies on the shop fl oor and a lack of incentives for the participating Industrial Training Institutes. In addition, the apprenticeship paradigm requires strong cooperation between the state, industrial associations and participating companies as well as a corporate mindset that recognises that effective apprentices cannot be bought off the market but require nurturing on the shop fl oor.

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