Academic streams such as an MBA or engineering need an investment of both time and money. Those who cannot afford full-time education or time are looking at other ways to learn skills. Are these individuals considered lesser as compared to those with a regular degree? Individuals with lesser qualifications find it difficult to advance and build a successful career.
Technical education can be an advantage for people having access to fewer resources. One can build a decent career either as an employee or as an independent professional.
What is technical education?
When you think of technical education, you think of engineering. Engineering students delve deeper into understanding theories to apply them to various situations. Technical experts learn and apply technical skills and assist engineers in their efforts. Technical education is job-oriented and focuses on practical aspects of working in the field.
A few common jobs are automobile mechanic, electrical appliance repair, wireman, metalwork technician, welding, plumbing, carpentry and fabrication, among others. Such jobs require you to learn hands-on ways to work, from assembling products to repairing them.
Technical courses vary from 1-12 weeks duration and are specifically job oriented. In the span of one year, individuals can acquire new skills and be job-ready.
So, what is the catch?
The catch is that there are many institutions and courses that have been established. How can one choose from the various options available both online and offline?
● For individuals – the risk is in pursuing a course that does not prepare them for a job.
● For recruiters – the risk is in hiring individuals without the proper skillset and certification.
The missing ingredient for both the recruiters and learners is TRUST. Adding to this is the confusion that the fake institutes and certificates bring.
A means to establish trust: Blockchain technology
Blockchain is underlying distributed ledger technology can revolutionize the skill development and certification process. Platforms built on blockchain can be utilized to perform transactions, maintain records and generate certifications.
One such platform is Certif-ID. It is an independent platform that evaluates educational institutes. It makes creating and sending certificates easy.
On the platform, individuals can access insights into the latest trends or courses that are in- demand. They can choose to learn a new skill or pursue a course by reading reviews. After completing a course with an institute on the Certif-ID, they will receive a digital certificate. A certificate that can be instantly verified and not forged or misinterpreted. Employees on the platform can screen candidates based on skills or competency. They can verify candidates’ digital certificates and rest assured that they’re interviewing the right person for the job.
A platform like Certif-ID is not only positioning technical education at the forefront. But, is also promoting technical experts, supporting them to define a successful career. Equipped with verifiable digital certificates, professionals can now explore new jobs and countries. Here’s a case study of how TUV Rheinland NIFE Academy Pvt. Ltd., utilised Certif-ID to redefine their institute experience.
Technical training democratizes education and provides positive career paths
Great careers are not limited to those who have access to full-time professional courses. Technical courses focusing on on-job skills is levelling the playing field. The shortage of experts in 2019 was in lakhs but by the end of 2020, there will be a lack of 2 lakh professionals. Educational institutes and professionals can take advantage of this industry demand. They can build a workforce to meet the immediate demand and also make India the skills capital.
Emerging tech and traditional skills
Emerging technologies like artificial intelligence and data analytics are redefining the way we work, live and communicate. Technical training in these areas will empower youth to compete in global job markets.
On the other hand, it is not that traditional tech will have no takers. In most cases, there will be a rising demand for electricians, repairers of gadgets, welders, plumbers, carpenters and fabricators. Those who learn basic skills and then regularly update them will have an edge. Of course, the institution’s recognition and reputation for quality training matters in this context. And, platforms like Certif-ID are helping in such cases, bringing in the trust and
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(Disclaimer: The views expressed in the article above are those of the author Rakshit Manga, Sales Director, Certif-ID. The matter and intent of this article has not been edited by theedupress.com. The EduPress shall not be responsible for any damage if caused to any person/organization directly or indirectly.)