Saturday, October 23, 2010



Government is aware of the unemployment problem of youth. In order to improve the employability of the youth, Ministry of Labour & Employment is implementing the following major schemes for skill enhancement:

Craftsmen Training Scheme (CTS)

Apprenticeship Training Scheme (ATS)

Skill Development Initiative through Modular Employable Skills.

Aforesaid schemes have training capacity of about 1.87 million persons per annum. Besides, 17 other ministries are also providing skill training in the areas of skill concerning their jurisdictions.

For enhancing employability & capacity building of youth, Sub-Committee of National Council for Vocational Training (NCVT) on ‘Norms & Courses’ has recommended to introduce a subject tilted “Life Skills” in all Industrial Training Institutes / Centres (ITIs/ITCs). The course on Life Skills includes the following modules: Communication Skills, English Proficiency, Basic Computer literacy, Entrepreneurial Development Skills, Quality Management Tools and Occupational Safety and Health.

The Union Cabinet approved “National Policy on Skill Development” on 23rd February 2009. The policy is a guiding document for implementation of various skill development programmes in the country.

The National Skill Development Policy seeks to:

Ø increase capacity and capability of the existing system to ensure equitable access to all,

Ø promote lifelong learning, maintain quality and relevance according to the changing requirements,

Ø create effective convergence between school education, various skill development efforts of Government and between Government and private sector,

Ø enhance capacity of institutions for planning, quality assurance and involvement of stakeholders,

Ø create institutional mechanisms for research development, quality assurance, etc. and

Ø finally to increase participation of all stakeholders to mobilise adequate financial, physical and intellectual resources.


The Union Minister for Labour & Employment, Shri Mallikarjun Kharge has urged the Industry to make concerted efforts to train at least 10 lakh apprentices every year in all sectors of economy. He was addressing the 33rd Meeting of newly constituted Central Apprenticeship Council (CAC), here today. The CAC is an Apex Statutory Tripartite Advisory Body which advises the Government on various aspects relating to formal apprenticeship in the country.

Shri Kharge said 25,472 establishments were engaging trade apprentices at present. For Graduate, Technician and Technician (Vocational) Apprentices implemented by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, 99,372 seats were located, out of which about 51% i.e. 50,394 were utilized. The Minister expressed his dissatisfaction for not being able to utilize the Scheme and said that we should cover at least one lakh establishments under the Scheme. He urged the representatives of Industry, Trade Unions, State Governments and other stake-holders to give highest priority to Apprenticeship Training and turn out the most highly skilled technicians to meet future challenges.

The Minister of State for Human Resource Development, Smt. D. Purandeswari, the Vice Chairman of CAC, also spoke on this occasion. The day-long deliberation was attended by the representatives of various Trade Unions and Industries from across the country.