NSIC continues its job fair; More than 70,000 trained at Okhla Center

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To take advantage of the demographic advantages India is enjoying, the country needs to upgrade the skills of its youth and existing workforce. Recognizing this need, the government has focused more on skills entrants into the workforce, through Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana and training through the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC).

In this context, the performance of the National Small Industry Company is also noteworthy because it provides placement assistance to its trainees by organizing job fairs and campus interviews.

The Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises and National Small Industry Companies held a job fair on May 13, which was attended by more than 30 companies.

Many well-known companies including LG Electronics, Munjal Showa (Hero Honda Group) and JBM Group participated in the ‘Enterprise India Mega Job Fair’ at Okhla in New Delhi. The job fair is organized to provide job opportunities for students graduating from courses held at NSIC Centres. This program was attended by more than 1,000 trainees.

NSIC Technical Service Center

NSIC Technical Services Centers (NTSC) provide various skills development training in conventional fields such as Turner, Fitter, Electrician etc. as well as Hi-tech fields such as Embedded Systems, PLC, SCADA, and Robotics etc. The NSIC Center organizes exhibition work at regular intervals to meet the skilled workforce needs for the industry. The Mega Job Fair on May 13 was the first offline job fair organized by NSIC after the pandemic.

Over the last 6-7 years, more than 70,000 participants were trained by the Center & many were successfully placed in the industry through campus placements.

A new testing facility for MSMEs at NTSC (Okhla) New Delhi was also inaugurated that day. NTSC is located in Aligarh, Chennai, Howrah, Hyderabad, Okhla, Rajkot in Gujarat & Rajpura in Punjab.

As the demographic bonus is expected to last for 25 years, the NTSC and other skills and placement initiatives from the government have a big role to play in seizing this one-off opportunity.

Skills initiative from the Government

The establishment of a new Skills Development ministry in 2014 marked a paradigm shift in skills, moving it to a new trajectory. India Skills Initiative was launched in 2015 aiming to equip 40 Crore people with employable skills by 2022. These initiatives include major government schemes on skills development such as National Policy for Skills Development and Entrepreneurship 2015, Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY) , National Mission Skills Development and Skills Loan Scheme.

Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY) has trained around 1.4 crore youth in the country. More than 11 lakh youth have been trained across the industry under the National Apprenticeship Promotion Scheme (NAPS). 4,61,541 beneficiaries have been trained under Jan Shikshan Sansthan (JSS).

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