Since its inception, one of the major pillars of Skill India Mission is Sector Skill Councils (SSCs), which play a vital role in bridging the gap between what the industry demands and what the skilling requirements should be
The National Occupational Standard is one of the most significant contributions of Skill India Mission to accelerate India's skilling ecosystem, made possible by the SSCs, which are national partnership organizations bringing together all the stakeholders- industry, labour and the academia. The SSCs operate as an autonomous body and could be registered as a Section 8 Company, or a Society.
The National Policy on Skill Development and Entrepreneurship 2015 laid out Skill India Mission, and envisaged the creation of Sector Skill Councils (SSCs). Priority sectors have been identified based on the skill gap analysis. The SSCs have been mandated with the following functions:
- Identification of skill development needs including preparing a catalogue of types of skills, range and depth of skills to facilitate individuals to choose from
- Development of a sector skill development plan and maintaining skill inventory
- Determining skills/competency standards and qualifications and getting them notified as per National Skills Qualifications Framework (NSQF).
- Standardization of affiliation, accreditation, examination, and certification process in accordance with NSQF as determined by NSQC.
- May also conduct skill-based assessment and certification for Qualification Packs /National Occupational Standards aligned training programs.
- Participation in the setting up of affiliation, accreditation, examination, and certification norms for their respective sectors.
- Plan and facilitate the execution of Training of Trainers along with NSDC and states.
- Promotion of academies of excellence.
- Paying particular attention to the skilling needs of ST/SC, differently- abled and minority groups.
- Ensuring that the persons trained and skilled in accordance with the norms laid down are assured of employment at decent wages.
The most critical outcome of skill training is employment, whether self or wage employment
To facilitate employment, Sector Skill Councils (SSCs) have been encouraged to develop their own placement portal and mobile apps. These portals are linked to demand aggregation and are aimed at meeting the skill needs of the industry. The 360degree interface of the portal connects candidates and training partners with recruitment firms and potential employers.
To receive placement support through SSCs, you may connect with their respective teams. Please find the details herewith:
Connect with Sector Skill Councils
Till date, the NSDC Board has approved 36 Sector Skill Councils. There are over 600 Corporate
Representatives in the Governing Councils of these SSCs.
To know more about each Sector Skill Council, click the sector icon(s) below: