Initiatives by Industry Associations
Initiatives by Industry Associations

Skill Development Initiatives by Industry Associations

Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI)

FICCI recognizes that Skills Development is an important imperative for achieving India's ambitious growth targets. It is committed to working with the stakeholders, especially the industry, government and academia to create sustainable and scalable skills propositions which will benefit the youth of the country from all sections of society. With this in mind, FICCI through its Skills Development activities is pursuing the following vision:

FICCI acts as a "skills development aggregator" to complement Government of India's ambition of training 500 million people by 2022.

FICCI offers support and facilitation services through Policy Advocacy, Industry Intervention and International Collaboration so that the youth can acquire skills to meaningfully participate in and contribute to the economy.

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Confederation of Indian Industry (CII)

CII has turned the limelight on skills development across the country to align industry manpower needs with the skilling initiatives underway and improve the employability of the working population including school drop-outs, semi-skilled and un-skilled workers. Due efforts are underway to create a new wave of entrepreneurship in the country that will result in further employment generation. CII has launched its own Skills Development Initiative, which is aligned, to the National Skills Development Agenda to skill 500 million people by 2022. In this endeavour, CII has set up its first skills centre at Chhindwara, MP, to train people in bar bending, grinding, pipe fitting, welding, etc. CII along with HPCL launched the ‘Swavalamban’ project to train 2,200 youth in multiple trades. The programmes have high local relevancy, in-built flexibility and are modular in form. Five sectoral studies have been released on skills requirements in the constructions, auto, retail, healthcare and banking & financial services sectors. CII has also taken skills development initiatives beyond national boundaries. Indian industry provides the facilities for training 100 apprentices from South Africa in construction trades in Hyderabad in 2007 with the support the Umsobomvu Youth Fund, South Africa. CII established a Vocational Training Centre in Kabul, Afghanistan and trained 1,000 Afghans in constructional trades and tailoring. Besides, MOUs have been signed with: Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs, Government of India, for skills upgradation and pre-departure orientation of potential emigrant workers SENAI, Brazil for technical education / skills development and technology dissemination; HRD Korea to develop an e-learning module for industrial control and welding; The Swiss-Indian Chamber of Commerce (SICC) to enhance cooperation in skills development.

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  • Financing either as loans or equity
  • Supporting incentives to private sector initiatives