India to ready 1 mn skilled workforce

India to ready 1 mn skilled workforce

New Delhi: Targetting to have one million skilled workforce in the country in the next five years, the government will set up 5,000 skill development centres nation-wide and also 11 advanced training institutes for trainers.

“The skill development centres will be set up mostly in unserviced areas like hilly terrain and backward regions," minister of state for labour and employment Harish Rawat said.

The move will enable large number of unskilled workforce in these areas acquire skills and get employment in developed regions in the country, he said during the Global Skill summit in the national capital.

The government’s skill development policy envisages training one million workforce in the next five years and one million people every year thereafter.

Remarking on the shortage of experts to train the workforce, he said his ministry has also undertaken an initiative to “establish 11 advanced training institutes under PPP mode".

The minister said modernization of the employment exchanges in the country would be completed by this year.

Speaking on the occasion, member, Planning Commission Narendra Jadhav rued that only 2% people receive vocational training in the country.

He said five sub-committees set up under the National Skill Development Coordination Board to recommend issues on vocational education have already prepared their reports and they would be submitted soon.

“While two sub-committees have already presented their reports, the remaining will submitted theirs in the next few days," he said. “The Planning Commission will make a comprehensive presentation to the Prime Minister in near future" after the reports are submitted.

Two reports on skill development—one prepared by McKinsey and the other by Michigan Ross School of Business in association with Ficci—were released at the summit.

The government earlier had announced setting up of 1,500 new ITIs to create a pool of skilled hands for the industry.