THE COUNTRY’S first global skill development centre to train youths for jobs in multiple sectors overseas will be set up in Mumbai. The CM has already held discussions with the Union Minister for Skill Development Rajiv Pratap Rudy for this. A formal letter has also been sent to Union Minister For External Affairs Sushma Swaraj. The institute will become functional from April 2017, and is likely to come up at Bandra Kurla Complex or Nariman Point.
The government will also tie up with various industries to take the process ahead. The Centre and the state have started the audit to ascertain the quantum of global workforce required from India.
The central government floated the concept of global skill development centres after it was noted that the demand for trained Indian workers overseas is huge and would play a significant role in channelising talent from rural and urban centres in India.
In Maharashtra, the skill development centre is also part of the larger Mumbai Make-over plan. The country’s first International Arbitration Centre has already been inaugurated here. With the government trying to position Mumbai as an international finance centre, it feels the city would be the ideal place for coordinating with multi-sector private and public institutions to provide the best training to the youths.
According to state skill development minister Sambhaji Patil Nilengekar, “The demand for trained workers abroad is huge. The government will work to provide this training.” Nilengekar said the demand ranges from nurses serving in hospitals to private technicians.
“The Centre-state together have set an ambitious target of training 2 crore youths in the next five years. The chief minister has also ordered setting up of 36 districts centres to cater to the domestic job requirements in Maharashtra,” he added. Almost 135 Industrial Training Institutes in Maharashtra will have tie-ups with private sectors to provide higher quality education, the minister said.
“The state has signed 20 MoUs with big companies which promise employment to 7.35 lakh youths. 132 firms across sectors have come forward for the project. The vision document of the chief minister exposes the mismatch in demand and supply of trained youths in the state, thus indicting the urgent need for training centres,” Nilengekar said.