Jobs..Jobs...Jobs....this is the main topic of discussion today. India is facing a shortage of jobs and the Government is finding a way to solve the problem. This is not an easy job. More than 10 Lakh of our citizens, enter the workforce each month. Jobs require skills and we come to the Big Question. Do you and other citizens have the necessary skills to work and survive in today's highly competitive job market?
How skilled are you? Are you job worthy? The Government wants answers to these important questions. The Government will conduct a survey to find out, how skilled you are. The four-month-long 'Skills Stock Survey' which begins this month, will present answers to all these questions.
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How do you and other citizens skill yourselves? How much do you spend on acquiring skills for a job? Do you think better skills get you better jobs? These are the questions to which the Government seeks answers.
1. What is the Skills Stock Survey?
The Skills Stock Survey will be carried out by the Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy (CMIE) and the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC). The survey will cover more than 1,60,000 households and will collect details at the district level, both in urban and rural areas.
The survey will find answers to how skilled Indians are, modes of training that citizens adopt, level of awareness on skill development programmes, how accessible long- and short-term trainings are, the sectors in which you and other youth take skilling programmes, the impact these programmes have on you and other candidates and your willingness to attend and get yourself skilled under skill development courses.
The Skills Stock Survey will help the Government, better the 'Skill India' programme.
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The Government will conduct the survey based on the University of Michigan methodology. The US Government uses this method to assess the skills of its citizens. The results of this survey will be submitted to the Government in May 2018.
The National Sample Survey Office conducted a survey in 2015. The results of this survey showed only 2.2% of citizens aged 15-59 years, had access to formal training. But was this a problem?
India has a system of training and skilling its citizens through on the job training and a lot of informal methods. So, this was not really much of a problem. Companies are looking for skilled workers and the Government is studying the demands of the industry. This is being done by mapping economic clusters at the district level through district action plans.
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The Government knows what skills are all about. In the past, surveys were done to give an idea of the skill requirements in the manufacturing sector. Today, it's all about the service sector. So, for this survey, the Government wants an idea on the skill requirements of the entire India. This means interviewing both, Blue and White Collar workers.
The Minister for skill development and entrepreneurship Dharmendra Pradhan, says there is no proper mapping of the skilled workforce in India. The Government will have to find out how many citizens are actually skilled in India.
Dharmendra Pradhan has said that the flagship scheme for skill training and jobs for rural youth, 'Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana' is performing well in recent times. About 40% of citizens skilled under the scheme have got placed. Be Wise, Get Rich.
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