Weekly Current Affairs

Skill banks to train workers for global market [Economy, Social Justice]

  • PM Narendra Modi’s plan to make India “the human resource capital” of the world will first take off in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, where govt. is setting up 50 global skill banks this year to train potential immigrant workers in 110 job roles as per international standards.
  • These banks, or training centres, will impart skills across sectors such as medicine and healthcare, hospitality, IT, construction, automobile and retail trade — where job opportunities exist or are likely to arise across different countries.
  • Before they emigrate, youth trained in these skill banks would also be made familiar with the respective local culture and language of the country they obtain a job in as well as its work ethic.
  • Training standards for 82 job roles to the U.K. standards that are accepted by 80 countries, and another 28 skill sets to the Australian standards recognised in south-east Asia and the Asia-Pacific have been matched.
  • Training and certification will help them get a better salary and working conditions abroad.
  • The Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship is likely to sign a pact with the External Affairs Ministry to co-operate on the initiative to realise the Prime Minister’s vision.
  • By the end of this month, about 20 global skill banks are expected to be up and running, with another 30 becoming operational by the end of the 2016-17 period.
  • There are opportunities to be tapped in south-east Asia, Germany, Sweden, Norway and Canada. In the long run, ageing countries like Japan would need a lot of geriatric care-givers and Indian nurses are globally recognised for their skills. Also automobile drivers and mechanics are in demand abroad.