In a major initiative to resolve the serious issue of manpower crunch in the industry, the recently formed Rubber Skill Development Centre (RSDC) has chalked out a series of plans.
The Delhi-headquartered centre, set up by the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) in collaboration with All India Rubber Industries Association (AIRIA) and Automotive Tyre Manufacturers Association (ATMA), has already commenced its operations.
Speaking to Business Line on the roadmap of RSDC, Vinod Simon, Chairman, said the centre will assist the rubber sector across all touch points where skilling is an issue. Foremost it will identify skill development needs for the sector and prepare a catalogue of skill types.
It is already working towards standardisation of job roles/ skill types through development of the National Occupation Standards, he said.
“Skill development has been one of the key challenges for the manpower intensive rubber sector as five lakh people are directly employed in the rubber industry besides 10 million rubber growers. The sector is capable of generating another half a million jobs in the next 10 years”, he said adding that, unfortunately, there is a significant gap between the availability and demand of trained manpower in the rubber sector.