The Centre granted Rs. 40 lakh for AIMP to start skill training
Association of Industries Madhya Pradesh (AIMP) may start skill training for youths to make them fit as per industrial needs, a move seen bridging the widening job-skill gap.
The association in collaboration with its members and other industries is planning to start hiring school, college dropouts and youths from institutes as part of the skill training initiative. AIMP has received a funding of Rs 40 lakh from the Centre as part of the Skill Strengthening for Industrial Value Enhancement (STRIVE) scheme for training youths.
AIMP president Pramod Dafaria said, “Being an industrial hub, Indore has a huge demand for skilled manpower. But getting manpower as per the needs is not easy for industries due to lack of proper skill training. Lack of trained manpower hamper industrial activity as well as the growth of the region.”
The state and the Centre have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with AIMP for imparting training and developing infrastructure for industries as part of STRIVE scheme.
As per the initial module finalised, industries will provide theoretical and practical sessions to youths in different trades. According to industry players, pharmaceutical sector followed by manufacturing are some of the sectors that feel dearth of skill training in the region and have to depend on outstation forces to carry out the work.
They said, skill programme will help bridge the gap between workforce and industrial requirement.
Deepak Bhandari, an industrialist said, “Industries are forced to pay double the existing market rates for getting skilled employees out of the station. The state is business-oriented and needs to pay a lot of attention on imparting skill trainings to youths.”
Industry players said that small-scale industries are losing much due to lack of skilled manpower as they cannot afford to pay high charges for hiring skilled manpower from metros or overseas unlike large firms.
Dafaria said, “We are planning to provide training to students and then absorb them in respective factories. This will be a win-win situation for both industries and youths.”
As part of the scheme, the trainee will get Rs 6,000 a month from the industry and Rs 1,500 a month from the government during training.
(With courtesy of TOI)