As part of the “Forum for Decarbonizing Transport” (under the NDC-Transport Initiative for Asia project, the NITI Aayog and WRI India hosted a webinar titled “Just Transition and Skill Development in the Electric Vehicle Industry”. In two sessions, the panelists highlighted the pressing need to support skilling, upskilling, and reskilling of the automotive sector workforce as the ongoing EV transition changes the nature of jobs in the industry. The panelists also stressed on the policy support needed to navigate the ongoing transition to ensure equitable and just outcomes.

The conference proceeding document reflects the key findings from the two sessions which were intended to initiate a dialogue around the central issues shaping a just transition and skill development in the EV industry. The webinar was conducted in May 2022.

Watch the launch webinar here.


Key Findings:

  • The conference proceedings summarize the following insights and recommendations provided by the panelists during the two sessions:
  • Map and measure the employment impacts at the organizational, regional, and national levels.
  • Provide policy support to encourage the development of niche and scalable jobs.
  • Recognize the critical role of original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) in shaping the EV
  • ecosystem and guiding the transition.
  • Forge academia-industry partnerships to create adaptive skilling and education programs.
  • Ensure that regional development continues to thrive during the EV transition.
  • Create awareness to establish electric mobility as a primary career option.
  • Leverage the transition to create a more inclusive workforce with adequate representation for women and marginalized communities.
  • A just transition must be based on social dialogue among employers, workers, and governments.