is partnering with Tata Trusts
to train 10,000 youth in various technical areas of healthcare
over a three-year period. The partnership will focus on bridging the skills gap in healthcare
technical or operating staff. The announcement was made on Monday in the presence of Ratan Tata, chairman of Tata Trusts, Terri Bresenham, president & CEO, Sustainable Healthcare
Solutions, GE Healthcare
and Banmali Agrawala, president and CEO, GE
Education Institute (GE
HCI) will design, develop and execute these courses through a mix of both classroom training and interactive training exercises. The courses will help people graduate as X-ray, radiography, medical equipment, anaesthesia, operation theatre and cardiac care technicians, as well as diabetic education counsellors. The candidates will also undergo continuous assessment and internships during the course of this program. The successful candidates, upon clearing the Healthcare
Sector Skills Council (HSSC) exam, will be granted a certification from HSSC.
In the next three years, 10,000 candidates will receive loan scholarships from Tata Trusts
upon qualifying for the course. GE
will also fund certain candidates on the basis of their eligibility.
It is estimated that the current requirement for allied healthcare
professionals (AHP) in India is nearly 6.5 million as against a supply of less than 300,000. As per National Skill Development
Corporation, by 2018 the healthcare
technician demand-supply gap in India will be 445,000 (84 percent shortfall).
R Venkataramanan, managing trustee, Tata Trusts, said, “At Tata Trusts, making a sustainable difference to lives is the core essence of philanthropy. Tata Trusts
aim to drive improvement in healthcare
delivery by enabling availability of skilled and motivated healthcare
personnel. We believe that this partnership with GE Healthcare
will allow many bright young minds, especially women, to come forward and bridge this gap.”
Training and capacity building forms an integral part of Tata Trusts’ interventions, given that skilled human resources within the health sector are extremely crucial and in limited supply in India. To develop and strengthen human resources, with a focus on improving the capacities and skills of organisations, Tata Trusts
has enabled the setting up of virtual classrooms at Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) across rural India, thus empowering the remotest areas with a robust technology platform to equip, educate and train their youth. Tata Trusts’ Skills and Entrepreneurship Development initiatives focus on skilling and entrepreneurship development of youth through interventions across the spectrum. The initiatives focus majorly on underprivileged youth such as school dropouts and women, with a view to skill, re-skill, and upskill them. Over the next five years, Tata Trusts
will look to train 500,000 youth and promote 5,000 micro and small enterprises.
Sharing her perspective, Terri Bresenham, president & CEO, Sustainable Healthcare
Healthcare, said “The partnership will leverage on the leadership that Tata Trusts
have in the areas of skilling and livelihood and GE
Healthcare’s expertise in designing and running technical courses in healthcare. What makes this initiative even more special is the opportunity it provides to transform individuals and families by providing livelihood opportunities to the students, particularly women.”
Globally, GE Healthcare
has committed $ 1 billion in healthcare
education over the next four years to train more than 2 million professionals in the healthcare
technology space. In India, GE Healthcare
Education Institute runs its healthcare
skill building and skill enhancement program, ‘Yogya Bharat for an Aarogya Bharat’, which aims to improve access to quality healthcare
throughout the country by developing skilled healthcare
resources. The institute has 10 centres across India and delivers 39 different courses through six skilling partners.