Sector Skill Councils: Top points in the skilling agenda for 2017

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Habib Hussain, Chairman, Leather Sector Skill Council (LSSC)

Habib Hussain Chairman LSSCLeather industry has tremendous potential to provide employment and entrepreneurship opportunities to socioeconomically backward sections and empower them with sustainable livelihood options. LSSC has a mandate to train 50,000 candidates in Leather Clusters across India in 2017 and facilitate placement for 90% of the certified candidates with a minimum salary of Rs 10000 per month. This mandate was awarded on the basis of an MoU signed between Shri Manish Kumar, CEO, NSDC and, Shri. Mukhtarul Amin, Chairman Elect, Council for Leather Exports (CLE) at the National Event held in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh on 19th December 2016, in the presence of Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi and Shri Rajiv Pratap Rudy, Minister of State (I/C) for Skill Development & Entrepreneurship along with other dignitaries.

In 2017, we will work towards realizing our vision is to skill and employ over 3 million people in the next few years. To capitalise on the domestic and export markets, LSSC is striving to prepare the workforce with world-class skills and productivity. This involves a 4-step process.

  1. Designing a demand-driven curriculum and developing the Qualification Packs (QPS) and National Occupational Standards (NOS) at every skill level
  2. Accelerating the skilling process through RPL and impart training based on QPs and NOS
  3. Creating and monitoring career paths for trained candidates
  4. Developing a platform, where prospective employers can look for candidates who have the required skill sets and skilled workforce can explore job opportunities.

Since a majority of these employees would be women, the goal is to achieve gender empowerment and inclusive paths for upward mobility. This is another important point on our agenda for 2017. We are also keen on creating awareness among youth about leather sector as a part of fashion industry. For upskilling and certifying the existing workforce we have set targets to implement Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) with the help of training and assessment partners.

LSSC is committed to realize the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s vision to make India the “Skill Capital” of the world with the help of several national and state level skill development missions and schemes such as Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY), RPL, Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Kendra (PMKK) as a part of “Skill India” mission.

This year LSSC plans to consolidate the industry needs and build up on the training curriculum, training of trainers and enhancing employability of candidates through various industry driven initiatives. The plans will be implemented through partnerships with the private training companies, assessment agencies, academic institutions and state skill development missions.

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