IDF offers the following "Skills" under its Skill Development Portfolio. For the purpose of brevity, these skills may be classified as under:
Soft Skills may be defined as “Personal Attributes” that enhance an individual's interactions, job performance and career prospects. Unlike hard skills, which are about a person's skill set and ability to perform a certain type of task or activity, soft skills are interpersonal and are important for every employee regardless of the position he / she holds in an organization.
Soft skills are described by using terms often associated with personality traits and abilities that can be practiced, but require the individual to genuinely like other people, such as:
These skills have to be learned by every employable graduate including freshers. These skills include team work, communication, leadership, problem solving, flexibility and enthusiasm. Improving one skill helps us to learn one more as they overlap each other.
For e.g. leadership encompasses a number of other skills including cooperating with others, planning and organizing, making decisions and verbal communication. Verbal communication itself involves various means of communication, some of which you may find easier than others -- talking over the phone, making a presentation to a group, explaining something to a person with a more limited understanding of the topic for example.
By improving one skill, one may improve upon a number of others. It is in this context that these skills are also known as “Career Management Skills”.
These skills are related to the head, heart, hands and health i.e. highly personal and behavioral skills which reflect our personality and naturally help in personality development.
We manage and think with our head. Resilience, keeping records, making wise use of resources, planning / organizing and goal setting are 'head' related managerial functions. Service learning, critical thinking, problem solving, decision making and learning to learn were related to our thinking processes, which we manage with our head.
Functions of the heart relate to people and caring. How do we relate to people? We relate to people by accepting differences, conflict resolutions, social skills, cooperation and communication. The second function we do through our heart is caring. We care through nurturing relationships, sharing, empathy and concern for others.
We give and work through our hands. Community service, volunteering, leadership, responsible citizenship and contributions to group effort are our way giving back to society. We work through our marketable skills, teamwork and self-motivation to get the things done.
Living and being comes under the functions of health. Healthy lifestyle choices, stress management, disease prevention and personal safety are our prime concerns for better living. Self-esteem, self-responsibility, character, managing feelings and self-discipline must be practiced without fail for our well-being. In a nutshell, the essence of like skills is share well, care well and fare well.
IDF through its networking partners has been mapping, training, skilling and placing students of different grades (8th 10th, 12th and graduates).
India is relatively young as a nation with around 28 million youth population being added every year. More than 50% of its population is below the age of 25 and more than 65 per cent are aged below 35. By 2020 INDIA will have a share of about 18% of the world’s skilled manpower and hence has to develop the skilled manpower strength to 47 million to address the world’s manpower shortage of 56.7 million.
Keeping this in mind and to bridge this gap we at IDF will be actively conducting trainings and workshops to make the youth more employable. We have highly skilled trainers from different industries and background to impart the required skill set.