In collaboration with the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC), the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC), a knowledge partner of the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE), has launched a project to identify the prior skills of 75,000 people in the 18-45 age group and upskill them.
Through Sector Skill Councils (SSCs) and the training companies they have appointed, this initiative for previous learning recognition (RPL) and upskilling will be implemented in three stages. There will be two methods of implementation: RPL through camps, which will focus on traditional and industrial clusters, and RPL at employers’ premises, which will work with businesses and employers to provide orientation and training on-site.
In addition to having their technical skills improved, the trainees will learn about digital literacy and entrepreneurial potential. These trainees will also receive two years of accidental insurance during the programme. The trainees will receive certification through the project, making them more marketable in the volatile job market and able to actively participate in nation-building. The project will be implemented by NSDC and funded by NDMC and SANKALP (a World Bank Project under MSDE).
Aiming to upskill 25,000 individuals in a variety of industries, including plumbing, electrical work, construction, pottery, and so forth, the first part of the programme has already started. PMKVY, the flagship programme of Skill India, has a component called prior learning assessment and recognition (PLAR). A person’s existing skill sets, knowledge, and experience acquired through formal, non-formal, or informal learning are evaluated through this procedure.
The procedure aids in bringing the nation’s unregulated workforce’s competencies into line with the standardised National Skills Qualification Framework (NSQF), which improves employment prospects and reduces the skill gap.