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April 24, 2018

Ministry of Skills (MSDE) partners with UrbanClap to create linkages for jobs and avenues for entrepreneurship


New Delhi : In order to deal with the ever remaining challenge of finding the right trades person for your regular household chores and at the same time generate more employability for Skill India certified workforce, Shri Rajiv Pratap Rudy, Union Minister of State for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship discussed the partnership with UrbanClap Technologies India Pvt. Ltd. (URBANCLAP), one of the leading mobile marketplaces for local services.

Urbanclap co founders Abhiraj Bhal and Varun Khaitan, today, met the Hon’ble Minister today and proposed to work with MSDE by directly absorbing skilled manpower across 10 identified trades. Urbanclap proposed to directly work with 8 Sector Skill Councils (SSC) – Automotive, Beauty & Wellness, Construction, Domestic Worker, Electronics & hardware, Furniture & Fitting, Paints & Coatings and Plumbing.

Urbanclap, during the meeting, also proposed to promote entrepreneurship by providing skilled people, under Skill India Mission, access to customers at zero cost along with access to working capital loans and insurance. It is estimated that expected workforce requirement will quadruple by end of next calendar year. There is a clear requirement for manpower in job roles such as beauty, spa, plumbing, electrician, carpenters, AC technicians, Refrigerator technicians, Washing Machine & Microwave technicians, painters, masons, yoga and fitness instructors and domestic help.

MSDE has formed a joint working group to ensure the delivery on this partnership so that the skilled workforce can benefit from it at the earliest. Commenting on the partnership, Shri Rudy said, “There is a huge demand in the market and we have ready skilled workforce trained, assessed and certified under Skill India. Partnerships like these will help us create the right linkages for jobs for the trained youth and better their livelihoods. The SSCs and ITI institutes will work closely with private sector players like UrbanClap and ensure that we bridge this gap between supply and demand as early as possible.”

“Skill India will partner with more such portals in the future to chalk out a path to growth for its skilled and certified workforce. Direct Opportunities and linkages such as these will also ensure that middlemen do not take away a part of the profits leaving only the basic wage for the skilled workforce. The person can earn complete profit in return for his skills,” he further added.

UrbanClap has plans to expand in more cities and it is estimated that UrbanClaps’s expected workforce requirement will quadruple by the end of next calendar year (Dec 2018). As per the understanding, NSDC will provide a database of skilled workforce via Skill Database Management System (“SDMS”) to UrbanClap relevant to the sectors they cater to. UrbanClap in turn will validate the data and create opportunities of employment to serve various customers who seek service of professionals. Through UrbanClap mobile App and website, individuals can search for the right trained/skilled professionals, for their work and get quality and standards in services.

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