Under the leadership of Hon. Prime Minister of India, Skill Development has been spelt out as the need of the hour and for this purpose the target of creating 500 million skilled people by 2022 has been set.
In line with the Hon. Prime Minister’s vision, Government of Maharashtra also has prioritized the Skill Development mission and set a vision of equipping 45 million persons with employable skills by the year 2022.
To achieve this Skill Development Mission in the state of Maharashtra,Maharashtra State Skill Development Society has been registered on 15th February 2011 under the Societies Registration Act 1860. The Society is established under the chairmanship of the Chief Secretary and is the Single Nodal Agency for planning, coordination,execution & monitoring of Skill Development Initiative of Government of Maharashtra.The society is functioning under the Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Department, Government of Maharashtra.
All the Skill Development schemes of various departments of Government of Maharashtra will be integrated and implemented through the active coordination under the single umbrella of this society.
The key functions of the Society are as follows:
- Prepare Maharashtra State Skill Gap Assessment Report & Skill Development Action Plan.
- Support State Departments & District Skill Development Committees in formulation and implementation of Annual Skill Development Plan.
- Empanel & ensure suitable accreditation & gradation of the public & private skill training providers and conduct concurrent assessment of training providers to ensure quality of training.
- Support and provide assistance to Directorate of Employment & Self-Employment in establishing a dynamic Labour Market Information System & launching of the stakeholder's web portal.
- Implementation of innovative skill development programs.
- Support counselling activities, awareness & guidance programs for the workforce in unorganized sector.
- Arrange workshops and brainstorming session for the key stakeholders.
- Enter into partnership with national & international agencies working in the field of skill development.
- Organize study tours for understanding of the best set of national and international practices and experiments in the field of skill development.
- Encourage active participation of the public sector undertakings, private sector and civil society through feasible and productive partnerships.
- Appoint a “Maharashtra Skill Mission Ambassador” for the representation of the Skill Development Initiative.
- Support all initiatives with the objective of motivating the youth towards vocational stream of education from pre-SSC level onwards.
- Take all appropriate initiatives and actions in line with the state skill development mission.
With its contribution of 13% to the Gross Domestic Product & with a share of 9.28% in the national population, Government of Maharashtra has set a vision of equipping 45 million persons with employable skills by the year 2022.
State Apex Council
- A State Apex Council for Skill Development has been constituted under the Chairmanship of the Chief Minister.
- A State Executive Committee for Skill Development has been constituted under the Chairmanship of the Chief Secretary
- Maharashtra State Skill Development Society (MSSDS) is established as state nodal agency.
- Commissioner, Employment, Self-Employment & Skill Development, is the Mission Director for the State Skill Development Mission.
- Divisional Level Committees are formed for effective implementation of the mission under the Chairmanship of Divisional Commissioner.
- District Level Committees are formed for effective implementation of the mission under the Chairmanship of District Collectors.
The State Skill Development Apex Council(I) Structure:
- Formulation of the State Action Plan on Skill Development Initiative of the State of Maharashtra & accordingly, take apt financial & administrative decisions for successful execution of the plan.
- Conduct periodic progress assessment of the State Skill Development Initiative & accordingly, adjust / modified the set skill development targets & skill development action plan.
- Minimize the regional imbalance within the skill development efforts across the State by taking effective decisions.
- Deciding skill development action plans for the various groups in the State viz; SC, ST, VJNT, minorities, below poverty line, female section, rural, urban, adivasis & tribal sector people.
- Strategizing the effective utilization of the existing training infrastructure & eradicating the training based deficiency within the State & imparting quality based training.
- Identification of the Skill Development deficiencies, take decisive steps to eradicate those deficiencies & progressive increase the skill development initiative within the State
State Skill Development Executive Committee(I) Structure:
- Formulation of the State Action Plan for skill development in the State based on the requirement of skilled manpower within the State. The proposed State Action Plan on skill development will be implemented in the ‘project mode’ upon review & approval by the State Apex Committee.
- Assessing the demand for the skilled manpower & execute comprehensive manpower mapping within the State which will form the bases of strategizing & planning of the skill development program in the State.
- Identification of source of funds from (i) State Govt., (ii) Central Govt. / World Bank, (iii) Private Industrial Groups / Industry Associations (PPP) to suffix the expenditure incurred in the effective implementation of the State skill development program.
- Inculcation of the directives & guidelines from the Central Govt. regarding skill development.
- Establish & strengthen relationship with the private sector via Public-Private Partnership (PPP) & entering into MoUs with them to reduce overall training & infrastructural cost incurred while program implementation.
- Bring about convergence of various schemes implemented by various State Departments under one single nodal agency & in order to maintain the quality of training, formulate a mechanism to impart certification through single body within the State.
- Formulation of new courses & training modules to cater to the dynamic industry needs at the District level in consultation & expert advice from the reputed industry players. Co-ordinate with these industry partners to provide avenues for the students in terms of on-job-training to create job ready skilled workforce.
- Creation of infrastructural facilities for all schools, colleges, polytechnics etc. to implement ‘Modular Employable Scheme’ (MES) through the ground level.
- Execution of the concept of ‘finishing schools’ to impart soft skills to students in each & every training institute & industrial training institutes (ITIs).
- Allocation of the unoccupied space within the Govt. education institutes (schools & colleges), after their functional hours, to the private training institutes for imparting skill development related courses & training.
- Restructuring of the traditional employment exchanges into the career counseling & guidance centers for the students. It will also act as information hub for the dissemination of vital information related to the Skill Development Initiative within the State.
- Formulation of effective strategies to motivate & incentivize the industrial sector, industry association, NGOs etc. to actively participate & contribute to the skill development program.
- Establishment the necessary legislate framework for the effective implementation of the skill development program within the State.
- Finalization of the result-oriented operating mechanism for the Assessment / Accreditation of the various ITIs / private training institutes / Polytechnics etc.
Divisional Skill Development Executive Committee(I) Structure:
- Monitoring activities of the District Level Committees
- Provision of guidance to District Level Committees for skilling & training of individuals to satisfy the demand of skilled manpower at Regional Level
- Presentation of the committee reports to State Skill Development Committee, formed under the Chairmanship of Chief Secretary
- Periodic submission of 3 month progress report & plan for next 3 months to the ‘Employment & Self-employment Department’.
District Skill Development Executive Committee(I) Structure:
- Implementation of ‘State Skill Development Program’ & publish the same
- Employing ‘Sector Skill Development Plan’ to achieve the targets being set by the State at the District level
- To remain abreast & in sync with the periodic instructions provided at State level
- Establish a source of funding e.g. (a) District scheme; (b) Private sector / industrial society or (c) NGO
- Continual up-gradation & skilling of the teaching faculty within the District
- Aid & support fresh & self-employed skill manpower within the District to acquire respectable employment / entrepreneurial opportunities
- Periodic submission of 3 months progress report & plan for next 3 months to the ‘Divisional Skill Development Committee’