The National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC), knowledge partner of the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE), has launched a project to recognise the prior skills of 75,000 people in the 18-45 age group, and upskill them in association with the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC).
This recognition of prior learning (RPL)/upskilling programme will be implemented in three phases through Sector Skill Councils (SSCs) and their empanelled training providers.
There will be two modes of implementation — RPL through camps, under which industrial and traditional clusters will be targeted and RPL at employers’ premises, which will be implemented in partnership with industries and employers for orientation and training at the employers’ locations.
The trainees will be exposed to digital literacy and entrepreneurial opportunities, and their technical skills will be upgraded. During the training, these trainees will also be provided with accidental insurance for two years.
The project will certify the trainees so that they become more relevant in the volatile job market and are able to actively contribute to nation building.
The initiative will be funded by NDMC and SANKALP (World Bank Project under MSDE) and implemented by NSDC.
The first phase of the training has already commenced and is targeting to upskill 25,000 workers in multiple trades including, plumbing, electrical, construction, pottery and so on.
Prior learning assessment and recognition (PLAR), is a component of Skill India’s flagship scheme PMKVY. It is an assessment process used to assess a person’s existing skill sets, knowledge and experience gained either by formal, non-formal or informal learning. The process helps align the competencies of the unregulated workforce of the country to the standardised National Skills Qualification Framework (NSQF) to enhance employability opportunities and reduce the skill gap.