India is the largest democracy in the world and is undergoing great technological and societal change. More than half of India is under the age of twenty-five and the country is set to have the youngest population in the world by 2021.
The modern workplace has evolved rapidly and requires creativity, problem solving, high-level of communication and digital fluency. The biggest problems faced by this generation is a lack of education or training that directly prepares them for these jobs.
Mumbai is India’s largest city and famous for being a ‘city of dreams’, with a population more than twice the size of London squeezed into almost a third of the space! Many young people come here every year to begin a new life which gives the city a vibrant and bustling energy, full of people with big aspirations and the willingness to work hard for them.
Our experience of Mumbai is of a modern and international city, where rich and poor live side by side, often in shocking disparity, but where there is also a huge respect for those who have worked hard and especially for engineering skills. Attitudes to women’s place in the workplace are also increasingly positive, with both our local manufacturing partners boasting highly skilled women engineers and executives across many of their departments.
We are based within Mumbai’s jewellery manufacturing district, MIDC in Andheri East. The adoption of 3D printing technology is widespread here and increasing rapidly. The technology has been adopted as just part of a long supply chain which also requires skilled hand production and finishing by artisans. Each piece of Free-D jewellery has been worked on by on average 10 differently skilled individuals.
As a manufacturing centre, India is well positioned to make the most of the benefits that technologies like 3D printing can provide. We have seen this within jewellery, this is also the case for industries outside of jewellery, which our graduates could later move into: moulding and tooling design and product, architectural modelling, rapid prototyping for engineering, as well as medical and dental applications as the technology is adopted more and more into supply chains.