Utility Skill India 2017: Domestic Workers’ Skills Summit


Domestic Workers Sector Skill Council (DWSSC), in collaboration with National Skill Development Council (NSDC) and Governance Today is organising the first and exclusive “Utility Skill India 2017: Domestic Workers Skill Summit” on 2nd of February 2017 at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi.

This event intends to provide a solid foundation for an overdue national conversation to recognise that domestic work is an important economic activity and as such they need to come under all types of legal, constitutional, educational and developmental purview. It will bring the planners and policy makers, trainers and the implementers together under one roof to that those who care for our homes and our loved ones are treated fairly with policies to facilitate the link between education for living and education for making a living.

DWSSC Skills Summit 2017

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Millions of domestic help can be found in the Indian families from lower middle class households in the villages to the most affluent ones in the metropolitan cities. Most of the domestic worker’s functions as lifelines to the households render multiple types of services, as full time and part time, live-in and live-out, and they are described as domestic servants. The majority of domestic workers in India still remain deprived or minimally educated and non-skilled. They are also one of the poorest and most exploited groups of workers in the country.

Domestic Workers Sector Skill Council (DWSSC) is not-for-profit company. The purpose of this DWSSC is to define key sectors wherein Domestic Workers can find employment and to identify critical roles and associated skill gaps.

Imparting skills goes a long way in formalizing the labor economy. It leads to a change in the workers’ demographic profile and helps them settle into a long-term occupation, thus reducing frictional unemployment. Also, it is not just training and recruitment that is catching the interest of entrepreneurs.

There is largely the expectation for the skills’ programmes to strike the right balance between leveraging and recognizing existing skills, and skilling, to account for the increasingly varied nature of the domestic work sector, both in terms of the skill sets represented, training and experience, and the qualities that employers are seeking.

By committing to improving domestic workers’ skills, organizing and mainstreaming the workforce in the domestic labour segment commit to building an extended economy apart from creating appropriate service & life conditions for this utterly neglected and unorganized workers in the country.

Invited Ministries and Departments

  • Ministry of Skill Development And Entrepreneurship
  • Ministry of Labour and Employment
  • Ministry of Human Resource Development
  • Ministry of Panchayati Raj
  • Ministry of Rural Development
  • Ministry of Commerce and Industry
  • Ministry of Women and Child Development
  • Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment
  • Department of Electronics and Information Technology
  • NITI Aayog
  • Industry Representatives

Why participate in the Summit

This summit will create a platform where major Training Partners and Implementing Agencies will come together under one roof and discussing details, challenges and opportunities of the domestic skill in India.


  1. Few Suggestions (Based on actual EXPERIENCE.

    A. Kindly give one among the ” TOP MOST PRIORITIES” to continuous & deep penetrating to Skill Development.
    B. Kindly frame a especial SAVING SCHEME for poor.

    1. S.B. a/c —–R.D. a/c (Say, 600/-p.m.)——Term Deposit a/c (3 years) ——Repeating the process for 10 years = Rs. 1lakh to 1.25 Lakh.

    (I tried with few Domestic workers. They don’t know much about saving nor have time & capacity to contact bank. Can’t fill forms nor can talk to bankers.
    I little explanation, a little motivation and help one by one few domestic workers opened S.B. a/c. Then a R.D. a/c too was opened, linked with S.B. a/c, for automatic transfer from S.B. a/c to R.D. a/c (For ONE year). After one year R.D. a/c was closed & another opened. A term deposit a/c was opened for three years from the closed R.D. a/c. The process was repeated for 10 years. The accumulated amount becomes Rs. 1.00 Lakh to Rs.1.25 Lakh.
    The figure is tempting for them. Having tasted fruit of saving regularly with the bank they bring their relatives to open a/c.)

    I suggest to frame an attractive & sympathetic SAVING SCHEMES, with some incentive at the end, for DOMESTIC workers.
    “ Khushhali ke doo dagar, Karo Bachat aur Seekho Hunar”
    “ Bachat aur Hunar, Khushhali Ke Doo Par”

    1. Though some serious initiative has been taken in last few years/months, still FINE TUNNING (Besides expanding) of the whole process is URGENTLY needed.
    2. As for example, most of the School Dropouts are engaged in some activities from morning to late evening for meagre earning. How can they attend Skill classes held during day time?
    An illiterate lady, having a school going kid, how can she too attend a Stitching class located far from her residence?
    3. I think NSDC was framed in 2008, beside a lot of Tie-Up with countries like France, U.K. etc. were done too for the same purpose. But ground realities do not look charming.
    Best regards.
    Jawahar Lal.

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