Skill Development Schemes (Ministry of Textiles)

Objectives of the Scheme

To address the trained manpower needs of textiles and related segments including Handicrafts, Handlooms, Sericulture, Jute, Technical Textiles etc, by developing a cohesive and integrated framework of training based on the industry needs. Addressing this need is critical for enhancing the competitiveness of the industry in the globalized economy.

To increase the employability of residents of the target areas through imparting of skills in the above segments.

To ensure that the scheme is so designed as to cater to the wide range of skill sets required in various segments as listed above, while simultaneously ensuring sufficient flexibility to meet the dynamic needs of these segments over a period of the next five years.

Salient Features of the proposed Scheme

The Scheme will work on the principle of leveraging on existing resources and infrastructure and participation of State Government agencies and private sector. The scheme would have three broad components:

- Component I - Skill development by augmenting and strengthening the capacity of institutions and schemes under Ministry of Textiles. Through this component, the target would be to train an estimated additional 5 lakh persons in various skill sets covering all segments under the ambit of the Ministry of Textiles over a period of 5 years

- Component II - Skill development in partnership with the private sector viz industry, NGOs, institutions, Government and potential employers etc. The target would be to train an estimated 5 lakh persons in all segments through a PPP model over a period of 5 years

- Component III - Skill development in partnership with State Government Agencies for training 5 Lakh persons over a period of 5 years.

It would cover all segments under the ambit of the Ministry:

- Textiles and Apparel

- Handicrafts

- Handlooms

- Sericulture

- Technical Textiles

Target: The Scheme would target to train 15 lakh persons over a period of 5 years.

All facets of skill development will be covered viz. Basic Training, Skill upgradation, Advanced Training in emerging technologies, Training of Trainers, orientation towards modern technology, retraining, skill upgradation, managerial skill, entrepreneurship development etc.

The training programme will be designed based on industry demand in different segments. The emphasis will be on measurable outcomes, wherein it will be ensured that all successful trainees are certified by empanelled certification agency.

Private sector participation will be ensured, and outcomes will be strengthened by incentivizing training where the trainees get employed/self-employed after training is imparted.

The max cost per trainee (for the government) to be borne through the scheme would be Rs. 10,000/-

The Govt will meet 75% of the total cost of the project, and balance 25% would be met from Fee/ Industry Contribution. However, in courses/ programmes (of Component – I & Component III) where it is not feasible to organise the beneficiary contribution, the Empowered Committee shall be authorised to approve a higher level of government assistance.

A budget line for a new HRD Scheme under new initiatives of the Ministry of Textiles already exists, which will be operated for this scheme. The Scheme has been formulated within the approved outlay of Rs. 1900 Crore for the 12th Plan.

The evaluation would be carried out through a reputed independent agency. The Scheme also provides for an MIS system to ensure transparency, a Skills exchange.

Placement and tracking will be mandatory under the scheme with provisions for placement in the organized sector and the informal sector or self-employment.

There will be institutional bodies namely Sector Skill Councils and Resource Support Agencies for developing curricula, methodology and assessment standards; provide certification and formulate standard systems & procedures for scheme implementation.

An Empowered Committee under Chairpersonship of Secretary (Textiles) would be constituted. The Empowered Committee shall have members from Planning Commission, Finance Ministry & Ministry of Labour (DGET).


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