News from Skill Ecosystem

Date: June 2022

FFSC Skill Pavilion at IndiaWood 2022

FFSC Skill Pavilion at IndiaWood 2022, acted as a unified platform to connect Industry, Professionals, Students, and Institutions from 2nd to 6th of June 2022 in Bengaluru, Karnataka.

Key Highlights from the Skill Pavilion:

• More than 250 industries partnered with FFSC as ‘Skill Ambassadors’ to be part of the FFSC Regional Skill Chapters across India.

• In partnership with Indian Exhibition Industry Association (IEIA), Meri Skill Meri Pehchaan initiative was implemented for skilled and semi-skilled workforce involved in the exhibitions organised by IEIA.

• Madras Engineer Group, informally known as the Madras Sappers, visited the Skill Pavilion for an orientation session.

• Live Skill competition in Carpentry, Cabinet Making and Joinery was demonstrated by national-level and WorldSkills 2019 participants.

Watch the entire highlights here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HICJ3ZHeZcQ

We would like to express our gratitude to our supporting partners Nurnberg Messe, Canadian Wood, Narsi Group, Interwood Kitchens, Felder Group, Caple, Studio Daftar & MVS Global for making the Skill Pavilion a great success.

Date: May 2022

Flag off for the first FFSC Regional Skill Chapter (FRSC)

On July 27, 2021, FFSC set a goal to establish Regional Skill Chapters in various parts of India, to assess the regional skill gap and deliver local skill solutions.

The 1st FFSC Regional Skill Chapter was launched in Udaipur on 14th May 2022 on the same plan, with 10 industry partners and 3 skilling partners contributing to be a Skill Ambassador.

We’d like to extend our thanks to the Partners.

Date: April 2022

‘Skill Development & Capacity Building in the Furniture & Fittings Industry’ – Interview by the National Skills Network (NSN)

To learn more about the scope of the furniture and fittings industry in India, skill training for youth, the importance of RPL in the furniture industry, etc. National Skills Network (NSN) Team conversed with Mr. Rahul Mehta, CEO, of Furniture and Fittings Skill Council (FFSC).

The Government of India has also identified the furniture industry as a key to expanding the reach of ‘Make in India’ goods across the world. Over the decades, the furniture industry has been providing several employment and entrepreneurship opportunities to the people and has been a sustainable livelihood option for many across the country.

Watch the entire interview here: https://youtu.be/ZwAyqRyL49c

Date: March 2022

22nd Governing Council Meeting of FFSC

Industry leaders came together in the physical format after a long hiatus to be a part of the 22nd Governing Council Meeting of FFSC on 4th March 2022 at Hotel Pullman, New Delhi. The main focus of the meeting was in line with FFSC’s Mission 2025 to Skill – ReSkill – UpSkill 5,00,000 aspirants by 2025-26.

The key highlights from the meeting:     

  • Chairman’s presentation on the need for Skilling in Furniture Sector.
  • FFSC’s CEO shared the key Highlights & Achievements
  • FFSC Regional Skill Chapters
  • FFSC Skill Pavilion – FFSC Skill Academies/COEs
  • Meri Skill Meri Pehchaan
  • Training Projects etc.

FFSC T:AJ Portal was unveiled with the key features to support FFSC in aggregating the industry’s demand for a skilled workforce.

Felicitation of Industry Partners for support in Skill Competitions & Adarsh Gram Skill Camp.

Date: February 2022

Skill India 2.0 – Stakeholders come together to define the way forward

NSDC organizes a conclave with all Sector Skill Councils intending to build a road map towards redefining the skill landscape and pave the way towards नया भारत, नये अवसर, नई समृद्धि

In the conclave with Sector Skill Councils, Mr. Ved Mani Tiwari, COO, NSDC, explained the Digital Ecosystem for Skilling and Livelihood (DESH) stack which is envisioned with a Digital First approach. It will help create an infrastructure for the Education and Skill Community, allowing frictionless exchange for Skill Development, deployment, associated supply chain & enabling services.

DESH STACK e-portal can assist in training, upgrading, and improving skills, thus playing an enormous role in carefully empowering citizens. Apart from that, the portal will also provide trusted API-based credentials payment and disclosure layers that can help in helping potential job seekers to discover meaningful jobs and business opportunities.


Skill India efforts to be integrated with education: MoS MSDE

Shri. Rajeev Chandrasekhar, the Union Minister, laid stress on stronger employment and the outcomes of entrepreneurship that need to be the by-product of synergizing skill initiatives with the demands of industries

To make sure that students are able to easily access the skill ecosystem, the endeavors under Skill India, the government’s flagship mission, need to be integrated with education.

In the last five years, whatever has been achieved in the realm of skilling, the need is to build on that, the Minister of State for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship said, as quoted by PTI.

“We should be able to boost the skill development framework with the launch of DESH Stack e-portal, ensuring India becomes a leader in world-class technology,” he said.

Rajesh Aggarwal, Secretary, Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, also expressed his views on the new initiatives in the Budget 2022 and his thoughts on the reorientation of partnership with the current industry demand. DESH portal will come in handy when it comes to banishing any information loss between stakeholders and resolving existing asymmetries.

The secretary also shared that since the pandemic has demonstrated how, within seconds, existing skills can vanish, and new job roles can evolve, academia and industry need to work in sync. To build the capabilities of the workforce that makes them ready for the “World of Work,” a culture of skills should be developed, he pointed out.

Source: edexlive.com

Date: January 2022

Centre to scale up skill programme: Officials

The national skill development corporation launched a new programme TEJAS to train, certify and place 10,000 Indian workers in the United Arab Emirates in one year in partnership with some of the leading employers in the region.

Rajeev Chandrasekhar, Minister of State for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship.

The Centre is scaling up its existing skill development training programmes to allow workers from India to tap work opportunities abroad. In line with the government’s intent, the national skill development corporation under the ministry of skill development and entrepreneurship has launched a new programme TEJAS to train, certify and place 10,000 Indian workers in the United Arab Emirates in one year in partnership with some of the leading employers in the region, officials said on Monday.

According to an official of the Union ministry for skill development and entrepreneurship, which is the nodal ministry for overseeing skilling programmes, the international workforce mobility market opportunity for India is estimated to be 3.6 million in the next five years, of which 2.6 million Indians can be potentially placed in the GCC (Gulf cooperation council) countries, Europe, Australia, Canada, Russia and Malaysia.

Through skilling, up-skilling and re-skilling initiatives under TEJAS, the government is aiming to prepare a trained workforce in both the blue-collar and the white-collar job sectors.

“The programme will converge with the existing skill development programmes and leverage training infrastructure of ITIs, Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Kendra and Skill training institutes operating under the Central and state governments to ensure sourcing and supply of potential candidates,” said the official.

Minister of state for skill development and entrepreneurship, Rajeev Chandrasekhar has held discussions with officials as well as top employers in the UAE for finalising the terms of the program, said the official quoted above.

On the work being done to revamp the skilling programmes, Chandrasekhar said, “PM [Narendra] Modi has emphasised the need for upskilling digital skills in a very altered post-Covid world.”

Work opportunities have been identified in sectors such as construction and facility management which includes electricians, plumbers and welders; in the logistics and transport sector; food and beverages; retail; IT; finance and healthcare sectors.

Mobilisation of candidates will be done with the help of skill development missions and the network of ITIs, PMKK, and colleges.

Source: Hindustan Times

Date: December 2021

National Open Digital Ecosystem for Skills (NODES) initiative

NODES is envisioned to be a digital infrastructure with governing protocols for the education and skills community to enable frictionless exchange for skill development, deployment, and associated supply-chain and enabling services.

The initiative is taken up by The National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC), the National Securities Depositories Limited (NSDL), and the Ekstep Foundation.

NODES is expected to:


  • Enable discovery of skill-development opportunities without barriers for candidates.
  • Enable discovery of trainers by the training organizations, while facilitating trainers to find training organizations who could benefit from their services.
  • Enable employers to locate appropriate prospective employees with verified antecedents, while also supporting candidates to pick employers based on credentials.
  • Eliminate information asymmetry that prevents financial resource providers to direct their resources towards those who need at lower costs.
  • Support interactions between impact/ financial capital with aspiring individuals/ organizations in need of these resources.
  • Facilitate the implementation of the Academic Bank of Credits (ABC), which allows individuals to acquire, accumulate and utilize academic and skill credits during their lifelong academic journey under the New Education Policy (NEP).

NODES is configured on a three-layered framework – Trust, Payments, and Discovery. The first two layers – Trust and Payments constitute the foundation of ‘Digital Commons’ for skilling. The third layer, Discovery, built on the Digital Commons would facilitate commerce and enable innovation & entrepreneurship in the skill ecosystem.

NSDC invited all stakeholders to be a contributor – partners to this significant digital venture of national importance through a workshop which was held on Tuesday, 7th of Dec 2021. The walk-through of the concept was shared and preparations are underway for the mega-launch to be held soon.

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