Government to enable skilled persons bag jobs abroad

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By Yogima Sharma

India plans to make it easier for masons, carpenters and plumbers, among other skilled persons, to get jobs overseas by formulating a policy and laying a roadmap that will map the requirement of such professionals abroad as well as the certifications required in different countries.

The skill development and entrepreneurship ministry is giving a final shape to the policy, which will be presented to the Union cabinet for its approval, a senior government official told ET on condition of anonymity.

The move will help realise Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of making India the skilled capital of the world, the official said.

The policy and the action plan, he said, will address the information asymmetry existing across the globe for different skills and the basic minimum certification required for each skill in different countries.

“As of now the ministry does not have enough information on how many masons or plumbers are needed and in which countries.

Hence, the new policy will help us map this requirement, based on which the ministry will take a targeted approach towards facilitating the movements of our trained skilled personnel,” the official said.

Last year, government announced the launch of 50 India International Skill Centres in partnership between skill development and entrepreneurship ministry and ministry of external affairs to impart training to youth under the Pravasi Kaushal Vikas Yojana.

This is part of the larger vision to imparting skills to 50 crore youth by 2022.

The idea was to increase the employability and acceptability of Indian youth on global platforms while ensuring they get the respect and remuneration they deserve.

However, the lack of adequate information from across the globe on the kind of skills required and the basic minimum certification needed for placements has meant that not too many Indians are getting jobs overseas yet.

Noting that India will have a surplus manpower of four-five crore over the next decade, the Prime Minister emphasised at the launch of the Skill India Mission in 2015 on the need to provide this youthful manpower with skills and ability to tackle global challenges, and had warned that the demographic dividend would otherwise become a challenge in itself.

Source: Economic Times

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