The government has rolled out an ambitious online portal that would connect the over one crore workers trained annually with potential employers. It could provide a big boost to its Skill India campaign by providing easy placement opportunities.
Developed by the National Skill Development Agency (NSDA), an alpha version of the website of the Labour Market Information System (LMIS) has just started working and a beta version is likely to be launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi soon. “The goal is that eventually, all certified and trained candidates can use the LMIS as a job portal,” said a second official.
With a target of skilling 40 crore workers by 2022, the objective is to ensure that students who wish to be skilled can enroll on the website for a training course and then eventually get placed through it. “It will be linked with 10 repositories, including assessors, training providers and institutions, employers, potential candidates as well as courses,” said an NSDA official, adding that at present the website allows candidates to register and connect with training and skilling institutes.
The website is being further developed to include the demand-side or the database of employers, who can then look at available candidates and recruit them.
The NSDA is also in talks with the External Affairs Ministry to include foreign employers, such as those from the Gulf countries onto the LMIS. “We want to link the e-migrate system to this,” said the official. The Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship is also hoping that the LMIS will help in providing inputs on strategic policy planning. “It will give us real-time data on sectors where most jobs are being created and require more candidates, as well as feedback on schemes and courses,” said the second official.
The NSDA is also developing a mobile app for the website.
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