Textile Sector Skill Council (TSC) has begun collating data from the mill sector to understand the industry’s job role training requirement, for submission to the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC).

Awareness TSC Chief Executive JV Rao, who was in the city recently, told BusinessLine that with the skill training syllabus (for 56 job roles) in place, training providers could start their activities from next month (the syllabus was prepared by consultants in consultation with 400-odd technical people from 180 mills, Rao said).

The Council, in the meantime, is in the process of creating awareness among the mills regarding the need to enrol themselves to become training providers, and thereby avail the benefit of government schemes.

Rao held discussions with the Managing Directors of 98 mills in the Western region of Tamil Nadu and apprised them about the enrolment and affiliation process.

On the sidelines of this event, he said that every mill has a training department, but the objective of the Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY), the flagship skill development scheme, is to encourage standardisation in the certification process and create a registry of skills. TSC has developed a protocol for a training development mechanism.

“The efforts are aimed at increasing the productivity of the existing workforce and aligning the training and certification to the needs of the industry. But the challenge for the Council at this juncture is in getting the mills to enrol as training providers with specific data projections. The skill training is expected to be kick started across 500 centres in the country on May 25. The pilot launch of activities is to happen in 250 districts,” Rao said.

Meanwhile Texpreneurs Forum, which is a body of like-minded textile entrepreneurs, is acting as a facilitator in this drive. The Forum’s Secretary Prabhu Damodharan said that 98 mills in this part of Tamil Nadu had submitted their application to the TSC through the Forum to be training providers in this drive.

The training will include soft skills, personal grooming, behavioural change for cleanliness and good work ethic as part of the curricula, the TSC CEO explained, and said that to ensure that the system does not get exploited biometric authentication has been introduced.

“There will be three types of training such as for freshers, multi-skilling and Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) concept, wherein, a worker’s skill, which was hitherto not recognised, will be assessed for getting monetary award.”