Additional Skill Acquisition Programme and FICCI Kerala Chapter jointly organized “Bridge 2017” – a workshop on promoting students internship and apprenticeship with a view to strengthen partnering for student internship with the industry. The event was held at The Centre Hotel, Kochi on 13th January 2017. The objective of the workshop was to sensitize employer industries about the Internship opportunities and impress upon the opportunities in the Industry led training and its benefits. The Workshop was inaugurated by Shri Paul Antony, IAS, Additional Chief Secretary, Department of Industries and Commerce, Government of Kerala. He emphasized on the need of industries to take the initiative to recruit interns on a continuous basis and underlined that it is the need of the hour. Dr. Reju M. T, Chief Executive Officer, ASAP, set the context for the need of the workshop. The basic structure of ASAP, expectations, and the need of Internship were the topics detailed upon. The workshop covered various aspects of the Apprenticeship Rules and Guidelines, Overall Industry perspective and relevant aspects of Apprenticeships in other States. The participants had interesting discussions with regard to various courses conducted by ASAP and their relevance, and internship for students enrolled in ASAP’S training programme. The workshop offered a chance for the industry to connect with ASAP and take the first step towards formulating an Internship Policy.

The Role of FICCI in strengthening Internship and overall Skills Scenario was detailed by Ms. Shobha Mishra Ghosh, Senior Director & Head Skills Development & Higher Education, FICCI. She spoke about the need for the role of apprenticeship to be made aspirational like many other countries like Germany. After the context was set for the meeting, the cluster discussions began sector wise. The Cluster discussion provided input to the development of comprehensive internship protocol for the state of Kerala.

Dr. Reju M. T. IAS, CEO presented the concluding remarks. He mentioned that the expectation from the industry for recruiting an intern primarily is the quality of the interns. He expressed his appreciation for industries which have agreed to provide internship for the students of ASAP.