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Skilling the youth a pressing need: Vinod Smon
India today has the largest number of people in the world in 18-45 age group, but the majority of them do not possess the skills required for getting employed, said Mr. Vinod Simon, Chairman, Rubber Skill Development Council (RSDC) and former Chairman, All India Rubber Industries Association (AIRIA). Skilling the employable youth in the country is felt as an urgent need and the Central Government has formulated various skill development programmes, with a total outlay of Rs.1,500 crores. He was inaugurating the 30-day skill development training programme conducted by RSDC, in association with the Rubber Board, at Pallickathode.

RSDC and its apex body, National Skill Development Corporation (NDSC), were formed under the Pradhan Manthri Koushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY), in order to bridge the skill gap among the youth in the country. The initial mandate of RSDC had been to conduct training programmes in the rubber goods manufacturing sector, but on the insistence of the Rubber Board, job roles in the rubber plantation sector were also included, Mr. Simon said. The curricula of training for the different job roles were prepared in accordance with the skill gap and requirements reported by the potential employers themselves.

NSDC is formed with an objective to improve the skills of labourers in different sectors and also to impart training to youth so as to develop a trained workforce. RSDC is formed as a part of this, for skill development in rubber sector. Apart from formulating training programmes in rubber good manufacturing sector, plantation sector has also been included in RSDC’s training programmes. Thirty five different job roles have been identified for the purpose. Those who undergo the training as general workers would, on successful completion of the training, be given a reward money of Rs.7,500/- each.

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