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Skill development programmes fare poorly in India: WB

Skill development programmes fare poorly in India: WB
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Only 27 per cent of the candidates enrolled in five national skill development programmes managed to secure jobs, says a World Bank study. As per...

New Delhi: Only 27 per cent of the candidates enrolled in five national skill development programmes managed to secure jobs, says a World Bank study. As per interim findings of the report, 27 per cent of candidates enrolled in the above skill development programmes found employment.

"Some of the reasons for non-employment include resistance to migration, pursuit of higher education, etc," Minister of State (Independent Charge) Rajiv Pratap Rudy said in a written reply to Lok Sabha. The study was conducted by the World Bank on behalf of state-run National Skill Development Agency (NSDA).

The objective of the study was to understand and learn from the performance of these five skill development programmes in Assam, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh and generate lessons that can benefit all stakeholders in their efforts towards workforce development in India.

The five programmes chosen for the study were Skill Development Initiative Scheme (SDIS) of the Ministry of Labour and Employment, The Swarn Jayanti Grameen Rojgar Yojana and its successor scheme Aajeevika Skills of the Ministry of Rural Development and Rural Self Employment Training Institute (RSETI) of the Ministry of Rural Development.

Besides, it included Skill Training for Employment Promotion amongst Urban Poor (STEP-UP) component of Swarna Jayanti Shahari Rozgar Yojana of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation, Training provided by training providers who have been funded by the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC).

NSDC to promote skill development

NSDC has approved 33 industry-led bodies to promote industry and employer participation in skill development centres, Lok Sabha was informed on Wednesday. Minister for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Rajiv Pratap Rudy said the government has set up the NSDC as a public-private partnership entity to promote private training providers for setting up skill development centre across the country.

"The sector skill councils (SSC) are responsible for training of trainers through master trainers so as to ensure availability of quality trainers in their sector. Till date, 3762 training of trainers has been completed across sectors by the SSCs. "Twenty-four out of the 33 approved sector skill councils have identified and developed standards for training in over 1,000 jobs roles across sectors. Training in these job roles is already happening across the country including in Rajasthan," he said.

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