Launch of RPL under PMKVY 2.0 by IL&FS Skills

Business Wire India

IL&FS Skills Development Corporation Ltd (IL&FS Skills) a joint initiative of IL&FS Education & National Skills Development Corporation (NSDC) launched Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) programme in the Apparel sector under Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY) 2.0, the flagship scheme of the Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship (MSDE), Government of India at Shivalik Prints a leading knitwear manufacturer & exporter at Faridabad. The ceremony was attended by senior members of Apparel Made-ups & Home furnishing Sector Skill Council, Managing Director & senior management of Shivalik Prints, Editor in Chief of Apparel Online magazine, IL&FS Skills team & candidates to be trained under RPL. Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) aims to align the competencies of the unregulated workforce of the country to National Skills Qualifications Framework (NSQF), which is a competency-based framework that organizes all qualifications according to a series of levels of knowledge, skills and aptitude. RPL is a platform to provide recognition to the informal learning or learning through work to get equal acceptance as the formal levels of education.

The programme aims to impart skills training for existing workers to align the competencies of the unregulated workforce to the NSQF under PMKVY 2.0 RPL scheme. RPL focuses on enhancing the career/employability opportunities of an individual as well as provide alternative routes to higher education. It also envisages to provide opportunities for reducing inequalities based on privileging certain forms of knowledge over others. It is a process of assessment of an individual’s prior learning to give due importance to learning as an outcome rather than learning as a process.

IL&FS Skills has conducted RPL program for multiple sectors ranging from Agriculture, Apparel, Leather, Tourism & Hospitality, RPL of Rashtrapati Bhawan employees, CRFP jawans and street vendors through FSSAI in past as well under the aegis of NSDC, Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship. This initiative of RPL under the PMKVY 2 is expected to enable a large number of Indian youth to take up industry-relevant skill training, which will help them secure a better livelihood.

About IL&FS Skills

Launched in 2007, at the behest of industry that was looking for trained and work-ready manpower, we are India’s one of the largest vocational training company. Started as a pilot skill development program in textile sector, today IL&SFS Skills has an annual training capacity of 0.15 million people through 200+ skill development institutes across 24 states and 100+ job roles. IL&FS Skills, a joint initiative with National Skills Development Corporation (NSDC), with a mandate to train 40 lakh people by 2022.

The company today offers an array of skill development programs to a wide range of learner segments ranging from students in school (Class IX-XII), school drop outs, undergraduates and graduates, diploma holders to working professionals and artisans. Till date, the company has impacted 1.5 million people through its various interventions including gainful employment of 5 lakh unemployed youth.

Our flagship skills initiatives are designed to offer benchmarked trainings to youth (18-35 years), especially from the rural areas, linking them to employment both in organised or unorganised sectors. Delivered through a network of 61+ multi-skills hubs, known as IL&FS Institute of Skills (IIS) and 175+ single trade spokes, IL&FS Skills Schools (ISS), our training programmes are spread across 540 districts in India, including Left Wing Extremism (LWE) affected districts, Jammu & Kashmir, hilly terrains of north-east and some of the most backward areas.

We work extensively with other key stakeholders – Government (Central and State), Private Companies (sponsor and employers), Foundations, International Bodies, Trainees and Parents – creating a vibrant mix of sponsored and self paid programmes with a singular objective of addressing the needs of the industry and therefore focusing on making students work ready.

The holistic development approach ensures that the impact our work creates is long term and sustainable. The integration of education and employment within our skill development programmes has been recognised by McKinsey & Company as one of the top two global initiatives aimed at faster and inclusive growth.

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