Govt creates a training ecosystem for skills development in the capital goods sector

The Ministry of Heavy Industry and the Ministry of Skills Development and Entrepreneurship have signed an agreement to create a collaborative ecosystem for delivering skills development training in the country’s capital goods sector.

“The partnership aims to facilitate training in various engineering professions through qualification packages (QPs) developed by Ministry of Heavy Industry (MHI) related sector skills councils (such as automotive, infrastructure, instrumentation and capital equipment) under the the Phase II Competitiveness Improvement Scheme in the Capital Goods Sector,” said an official statement.

The scheme will link industry associations and sectoral skills councils to provide skills to more than 70,000 individuals over a three-year period. Under this initiative, the Ministry of Heavy Industry will provide 100% financial support to sectoral skills councils under its domain for the development of new industry-led national qualifications frameworks for level six and above skills qualification packages.

Under the scheme, a new component has been introduced to address futuristic industrial requirements for the advancement of skills in the capital goods sector by creating qualification packages for level six and above.

Heavy Industry Minister Mahendra Nath Pandey welcomed the partnership and said heavy industry is one of the most important sectors in terms of employment, exports and adding value to the economy. Any growth in this sector offers huge potential for the economy and is a step towards fulfilling Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s vision of an Aatmanirbhar Bharat, he added.

He stated that this initiative will produce a skilled workforce that will be able to cater to industries in various sectors such as defense, aerospace, energy, automobile, capital goods etc.

Skills Development and Entrepreneurship and Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said the growth of the capital goods sector is correlated with the success of the make in India program.

Growth in the manufacturing sector will lead to increased demand for skilled labor and the agreement will pave the way for the creation of a more skilled, vibrant workforce for the sector, he said.

With input from PTI.

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