Stakeholders’ Perceptions of Skill Gaps in the Apparel Industry of India: A Case Study of Fashion Design Programme
Keywords:stakeholders’ perception; skill gaps; apparel sector; benchmark of skill sets; fashion design
At present, apparel industries are facing huge challenges for having globally skill trained diverse workforce, economies of scale, and production ethics due to the rapid transformation of digital technology. Looking at the high-speed growth in the apparel sector, it becomes necessary to train youth to seek gainful employment. There is a dichotomy excising among the stakeholders, i.e., industry/employers, faculty, and trainees to meet the demand for skilled personnel in the job market. The issue of skill gaps is a challenge. The study explores the extent (a) to which the curriculum of the degree in fashion design programme offered at National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), India meets the benchmark of skill sets identified based on existing literature; (b) to analyze stakeholders’ views/perception on the benchmark of skill sets i.e. (i) to what extent trainee and faculty agree or disagree that benchmark of skill sets covered in the curriculum of degree programme during teaching-learning process and (ii) to what extent industry agreed or disagree on the benchmark of skill sets should be included in the curriculum of the degree programme. The inferential statistical techniques (‘t’ test) was used to analyze the data. The study found that there were significant differences at the 0.05 level between the perception of stakeholders.