Maharashtra is exploring ways to increase employment under Skill India Mission by partnering with the Centre for the newly launched National Apprenticeship Promotion Scheme.
Union Minister for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Rajiv Pratap Rudy met State Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis in Mumbai last week to discuss ways to skill people. The Centre will incentivise employers by reimbursing 25 per cent of the stipend paid to the apprentice.
The Scheme, with an outlay of Rs 10,000 crore, envisages training 50 lakh apprentices by 2019-20. The Union Government notified the Scheme on September 1, 2016.
“The meeting discussed at length the contribution that the state can make to newly announced National Apprenticeship Promotion Scheme by ensuring that corporates in the state engage with more apprentices and give them an opportunity to work hands-on in the industry which can help increase their employability,” the Skill Development Ministry said today.
As per the discussions held between Fadnavis and Rudy, Maharashtra will identify 5-7 acres in each of its 40 districts to set up driver training institutes — an initiative under the Skill Development Ministry with support from the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways.
“Maharashtra has been number one in delivering on skills mandate in the year 2015-16. It has skilled close of 2 lakh people in the short-term skill courses. Happy to see such great response from youth in the state,” Rudy said.
Fadnavis said Maharashtra will identify spare infrastructure to be converted into skill development centres to offer effective delivery of trainings under Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana.
The Advance Training Institute in Mumbai will be developed into a centre for excellence to make it a hub for a complete skill solution for a particular industry.
Maharashtra is also working on plans to ensure that no student in the state fails in class X exam. The state government is planning to create a certificate as ‘passed and fit for skills’ for those who either score low or are not able to clear their examination.
They also discussed on upgrading the quality of ITIs in the State.