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CCEA approves centrally sponsored scheme skill development initiative

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) today gave its approval for implementing the Skill Development Initiative (SDI) scheme at a total cost of 550 crore rupees.

New Delhi, May 24 : The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) today gave its approval for implementing the "Skill Development Initiative" (SDI) scheme at a total cost of 550 crore rupees.

The Scheme is a centrally sponsored scheme with 100 percent central assistance.

It aims to provide training to school dropouts, existing workers, ITI graduates, etc. to improve their employability by optimally utilizing the infrastructure available in government and private institutions and industry

Existing skills of the persons can also be tested and certified under this scheme.

It also intends to build capacity in the area of development of competency standards curricula, learning material and assessment standards in the country.

Various Vocational Training Providers (VTPs) under Central Government, State Government, Public and Private Sector and Industrial establishments will provide training under the SDI scheme.

To begin with, 1896 Government ITIs and 3218 private ITCs affiliated to the National Council for Vocational Training (NCVT) will be eligible to participate in the scheme as VTPs.

Once the scheme takes off, the Apex Committee will evolve a mechanism for empanelment of other private VTPs.

One million people would be trained or their existing skills tested and certified over a period of five years. About 200 modules for employable skills as per industry and labour market demands would be identified and course curriculum developed.

An average expenditure of 5000 rupees per persons would be incurred on imparting training and certification of work force.

The minimum age limit for persons to take part in the scheme is 15 years but there is no upper age limit.

Directorate General of Employment and Training will appoint the assessing bodies to assess the competency of the workforce.

The main features of the scheme are:

a). Demand driven short term training courses based on Modular Employable skills (MES) decided in consultation with industry. MES is the minimum skills set which is sufficient for gainful employment.

b). Central Government will facilitate and promote training while industry private sector and state Governments will train the persons.

c) Optimum utilisation of existing infrastructure to make training cost effective and flexible delivery mechanism (part time, weekends, full time, onsite/offsite) to suit needs of various target groups.

d) Different levels of programmes-foundation level as well as skill upgradation- to meet the demands of various target groups and the services of existing or retired faculty or guest faculty to be utilized.

e) Courses would also be available for persons having completed fifth standard while testing and certification of skills would be acquired informally.

f) Testing of skills of trainees by independent assessing bodies, which would not be involved in training delivery, to ensure that it is done impartially.

g) The essence of the scheme is in the certification that will be nationally recognised by both the government agencies and industry as well as trade organisations.


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