Skill India partners with Arvind Limited to train 20,000 candidates under PMKVY Scheme

Bangalore, November 30, 2017: Committed to empower the youth with employable skills, Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) through its implementation agency, National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) in collaboration with Arvind Limited, will provide training to 20,000 youth (till 2020) under the Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY). The first batch has commenced training in Bangalore.

Under thiscollaboration, Arvind Limited (aka Arvind Mills), a leading exporter, supplierand manufacturer of ready-made garments will be the training provider and willoffer its infrastructure, space, training facilities and machinery for theskill training. The admissions would be open to all skill seekers, especiallythe unemployed youth in the age group of 18 to 35 years.  An integratedskill development program under PMKVY, the association entails skill trainingand further placements being facilitated by Arvind Limited through its ninetraining centres in Karnataka. 

The skilltrainings to be provided in Apparel, Made-ups and Home Furnishing sectorinclude six job roles, namely Specialised Sewing Machine Operator,Sewing Machine Operator, Quality Check Executive– Sewing Line, Packer, Pressmanand Washing Machine Operator.  The second largest employment generatorin the country, the sector has immense demand for the skilled candidates. The job roles, aligned to the National Skills Qualifications Framework (NSQF),encompass training of candidates for three to six months. 

Stressingupon the role of corporate houses in aiding skill developmentinitiatives, Shri Anantkumar Hegde, Hon’ble Minister of State, Ministryof Skill Development & Entrepreneurship said, “Corporate India canbe a major contributor to this nation-building exercise.  The industry canpromulgate their expertise and provide industry relevant training to thecandidates in accordance with the demands. Such trainings not only enhanceproductivity and employability opportunities for the youth, also provide aready talent pool to the industry.  I congratulate Arvind Limited fortheir pioneering collaboration to accelerate the Skill India Mission.”  

ShriManish Kumar, MD & CEO, NSDC commented, “Inclusive approach is paramount forsustainable skill development.  Corporates are major stakeholders in thisprogressive journey and can play pivotal role in narrowing the existing gapbetween the demand and supply of skilled workforce.  This two-foldapproach benefits both the stakeholders – the skill seekers and the employers.” 

ShriVikram N., Senior HR Manager, Arvind Limited said, “Skilled manpower is the needof the hour and we shall provide employment opportunities for every eligibleyouth who successfully completes their training program. It is a pleasure toassociate with Skill India Mission and we thank the Ministry for providing usan opportunity to work in this noble endeavour.” 

Addingimpetus to the skill training, the Apparel, Made-ups & Home FurnishingSector Skill Council under the guidance of NSDC has provided for skilltraining to nearly 2,14,000 candidates in 8 job roles across the country.

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