The National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC), under the aegis of the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE), signed a Letter of Understanding (LoU) with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Society for Development Alternatives (DA), to co-create and implement apprenticeship and livelihood, employability skills, life skills and entrepreneurship development programmes for girls and women in India.
The project will be implemented in the National Capital Region of Delhi, Haryana, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Telangana and is expected to benefit over 50,000 women.
NSDC is focussed on providing skill development opportunities to all, including women. Our collaboration with UNDP and Development Alternatives will help us develop a holistic approach towards apprenticeship training and employability enhancement for long-term sustainable growth of women, especially those from marginalised sections of the society.
The collaboration aims to support Disha, a partnership between the India Development Foundation and UNDP, supported by IKEA Foundation. It targets a million underprivileged women in India, with the purpose of developing their skills, making them aware of income opportunities and empowering them.
According to Manish Kumar, MD & CEO, NSDC, “NSDC is focussed on providing skill development opportunities to all, including women. Our collaboration with UNDP and Development Alternatives will help us develop a holistic approach towards apprenticeship training and employability enhancement for long-term sustainable growth of women, especially those from marginalised sections of the society.”
“Apprenticeship presents a win-win opportunity for all, benefitting organisations, youth and above all, the society. The collaboration seeks to achieve the common objective of empowering women, creating an impactful difference in their lives,” said Clement Chauvet, chief-skills and BD, UNDP.
In the words of Ashok Khosla, chairman, Society for Development Alternatives, “This is a unique programme, wherein the Government, industry and development organisations will be working together in the form of a coalition to boost women’s employability through work-based training. The programme will bring recognition and dignity to the lives of women and their families.”
The collaboration will advocate apprenticeship of women candidates and seek partnerships with establishments for on-the-job trainings. NSDC, which is implementing the Apprenticeship Scheme across India, is offering apprenticeship in more than 250 optional trades, including in the service, hospitality and retail sectors.
A not-for-profit organisation active in the skilling eco-system, DA works with the government, businesses, the academic fraternity, training institutions and civil society through innovative public-private-partnerships and is devoted to sustainable development activities. UNDP works in about 170 countries in the area of poverty eradication and developing policies, skills and partnerships to sustain progress. DA is a society engaged in sustainable development activities
Project Disha, under UNDP India, develops and tests scalable solutions that directly enable women to secure marketable skills, connect to jobs or start their own small enterprises.
The signing of the LoU in Delhi was witnessed by industry representatives, mostly from the service and retail sectors, related sector skill councils (SSCs), NGOs and training providers, who extend support to the project to ensure its success.