The Textiles Sector has the second largest share of employment after agriculture. With technological modernization being the key to high industrial growth, labour intensive industries like textiles require not only skilled workforce, but also massive vocational training for skill up gradation of the existing workers engaged in the organized as well as unorganized sectors, (including handlooms, power looms, sericulture, wool, khadi, etc). Hence, in order to fulfill the ever growing skill demand gap, the Ministry of Textiles (MoT) came up with the Integrated Skill Development Scheme (ISDS).
Objectives of the Scheme:
1. To address the trained manpower needs of textiles and related segments including Handicrafts, Handlooms, Sericulture, Jute, Technical Textiles etc, by developing a cohesive and integrated framework of training based on the industry needs. Addressing this need is critical for enhancing the competitiveness of the industry in the globalized economy.
2. To increase the employability of residents of the target areas through imparting of skills in the above segments.
3. To ensure that the scheme is so designed as to cater to the wide range of skill sets required in various segments as listed above, while simultaneously ensuring sufficient flexibility to meet the dynamic needs of these segments over a period of the next five years.
Salient Features of the Scheme:
With a view to address the manpower requirement of the diverse textile and related segments, the Ministry of Textiles introduced pilot phase of Integrated Skilled Development Scheme (ISDS) in the last two years of the 11th Five Year Plan Year 2010-11. Subsequently, the scheme has been scaled up during the 12th plan with a target of skilling 15 lakhs persons by the end of March 2017.
The Scheme will work on the principle of leveraging on existing resources and infrastructure and participation of State Government agencies and private sector. The scheme would have three broad components:
I. Component I - Skill development by augmenting and strengthening the capacity of institutions and schemes under Ministry of Textiles. Through this component, the target would be to train an estimated additional 5 lakh persons in various skill sets covering all segments under the ambit of the Ministry of Textiles over a period of 5 years
II. Component II - Skill development in partnership with the private sector viz industry, NGOs, institutions, Government and potential employers etc. The target would be to train an estimated 5 lakh persons in all segments through a PPP model over a period of 5 years
III. Component III - Skill development in partnership with State Government Agencies for training 5 Lakh persons over a period of 5 years
The Govt will meet 75% of the total cost of the project, and balance 25% would be met from Fee/ Industry Contribution. The max cost per trainee (for the government) to be borne through the scheme would be Rs. 10,000/-
TASMA as an IA:
TASMA has been awarded with the status ofImplementing Agency (IA) under Component-II of theIntegrated Skill Development Scheme (ISDS) by the Ministry of Textiles (MoT). Accordingly, TASMA was sanctioned with a mandate to train 4000 Trainees in Spinning Sector for the FY 2015-16 and TASMA had successfully completed the training and placements of 4000 trainees in the respective member mills.
Based on the performance & track record of TASMA, an additional mandate to train 6000 trainees (5000 in Spinning & 1000 in Apparel) is now sanctioned to TASMA in Textile Sector by the Ministry of Textiles for the FY 2016-17. Hopefully, TASMA will complete this year’s target too.