With an agenda to create a collaborative ecosystem to impart skill development training in the capital goods sector, the Ministry of Heavy Industries (MHI) and Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) have signed an MoU together. This collaboration will facilitate training in several engineering trades through Qualification Packs (QPs) developed by MHI Sector Skill Councils (SSCs) under the scheme for enhancement of competitiveness in the Capital Goods sector phase II.
Promotion of skilling in the Capital Goods sector
Catering to the futuristic industrial requirements, a new component for the promotion of skilling in the Capital Goods sector through the creation of QPs for Level 6 and above has been introduced.
Under this initiative, MHI shall provide 100% funding support to MHI Sector Skill Councils (SSCs) for the development of new Industry Led National Skills Qualifications Framework (NSQF) Level 6 and above Qualification Packs (QPs).
Upskilling of manpower
With the help of MSDE and NSDC, the MHI SSCs shall deploy the developed QPs for up-skilling of existing manpower in the industry. MHI shall provide linkage between Industry associations and SSCs for imparting skilling to more than 70,000 individuals over a period of three years.
Shri Mahendra Nath Pandey, Union Minister of Heavy Industries
“Heavy manufacturing industry is one of the most important sectors in terms of employment generation, exports, and value addition to the economy. Any growth in this sector presents huge potential for the economy and is a step towards fulfilling Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s vision of an Aatmanirbhar Bharat.”
The proposed QPs shall add value to existing in-house and shall have a blended mode of learning, along with On-the-job Learning (OJT). The programme will be conducted through sponsorship of learners, Industries and associated organizations. Expert technicians in industry also shall have an option to be reskilled in their respective field of expertise.
Shri Dharmendra Pradhan, Minister of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship and Education
“The growth of capital goods sector is correlated to the success of Make in India program. The growth in manufacturing sector will create more demand for a skilled workforce and the MoU will pave the way for creating a more skilled vibrant workforce for the sector.”
Shri Pandey further informed that MHI shall also provide MSDE, necessary linkages between SSCs and Common Engineering Facilities Centres (CEFCs) including four MHI Samarth Udyog Centres set up under MHI CG Scheme Phase I and CEFC for skilling at Welding Research Institute (WRI), at BHEL, Trichy sanctioned under CG Scheme Phase II.
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Under the scheme, WRI Trichy will augment its infrastructure to increase its capacity to train 5000 welders over the next three years. MoU between MHI and MSDE shall ensure that infrastructure created for capital goods industries can be effectively utilized for imparting skilling in the various domains.
MSDE shall guide and facilitate SSC to ensure that skill targets are achieved.
Shri Pandey also said that this initiative shall produce skilled manpower to cater to industries in various sectors such as defence, aerospace, power, automotive, capital goods etc. Such skilled manpower shall take India closer to becoming a modern, technology-led, and young global manufacturing superpower.