Hon'ble Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Labour and Employment, Shri Oscar Fernandes chairing the36th meeting of National Council for Vocational Training, in New Delhi on 17.12. 2007

Hon'ble Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Labour and Employment, Shri Oscar Fernandes releasing the books for Modular Employable Skills  (MES) in Chennai on 28.10.2007


Modular Employable Skills (MES) under Skill Development Initiative Scheme (SDIS)

The skill level and educational attainment of the workforce determines the productivity as well as the ability to adapt to the changing industrial environment. A majority of Indian workforce does not possess marketable skills which is an impediment in getting decent employment and improving their economic condition. While India has large young population, only 5% of the Indian labour force in the age group of 20-24 years has obtained vocational skills through formal means whereas the percentage in industrialized countries varies between 60% and 96%. About 63% of the school students drop out at different stages before reaching Class-X. Only about 2.5 million vocational training seats are available in the country whereas about 12.8 million persons enter the labour market every year. Even out of these training places, very few are available for early school dropouts. This signifies that a large number of school drop outs do not have access to skill development for improving their employability. The educational entry requirements and long duration of courses of the formal training system are some of the impediments for a person of low educational attainment to acquire skills for his livelihood. Further, the largest share of new jobs in India is likely to come from the unorganized sector that employs up to 93 per cent of the national workforce, but most of the training programmes cater to the needs of the organized sector.


Hon’ble Minister of Finance during the budget speech 2005-06 made the following announcement:

To meet the demand for specific skills of a high order, a Public Private Partnership between Government and Industry is proposed to promote skills development programme under the name ‘Skill Development Initiative’….”.


Accordingly, Ministry of Labour & Employment undertook development of a new strategic framework for skill development for early school leavers and existing workers, especially in the un-organised sector in close consultation with industry, micro enterprises in the un-organised sector, State Governments, experts and academia which was essential considering their educational, social and economic background.  The main objective of the scheme is to provide employable skills to school leavers, existing workers, ITI graduates, etc. Existing skills of the persons can also be tested and certified under this scheme.  Priority will be given to covering those above the age of 14 years who have been or withdrawn as child labour to enable them to learn employable skills in order to get gainful employment.  it is hoped that this website will help in dissemination of the information about the scheme and bring transparency.  It will also helpful in getting valuable feedback from stakeholders and public at large.


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