Centre of Excellence for Apparel, Made-Ups and Home Furnishing Sector Skill Council inaugurated near Tirupur

Tirupur (Coimbatore) : A Centre of Excellence for Apparel, Made-Ups and Home Furnishing Sector Skill Council (AMHSSC) was inaugurated at nearby Tirupur on Thursday.

Inaugurating the Centre, MSDE Secretary KP Krishnan said the fact that skills need to be made aspirational was something Prime Minister Narendra Modi has emphasized in every forum, and platforms like AMHSSC’s CoE, will make a mark in the skilling in apparel sector.

“Skill India focuses on the scale of skilling, quality and employability, and aspirations for acquiring skills. With the state-of-art facility, the CoEs will focus on training the existing employees on those grounds. The CoE is important to the industries in the Tirupur knitwear industry because of the availability of unskilled labourers from various parts of the country, especially Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh and Odisha,” said Krishnan.

In a press release, Chairman of AMHSSC, A Shaktivel said the council has been given an ambitious target of certifying more than two million people till 2022 in the skilling courses for the apparel sector.

The council is spearheading the skilling work in the sector by participating in the Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY) and various other schemes of different states including the non-PMKVY schemes, he said.

The perceived benefits to the industry would be reducing cost, increasing efficiency, reducing risk, talent management, outsourcing/offshoring, and career advancement. With the two CoEs, which are results of public-private partnerships (PPP), AMHSSC is leading from the front. Unlike earlier, the skill developing programs’ centre of gravity has changed to industries from the government,” he added.

Thereon it would be conducting short term Management Development Programmes (MDPs) and Supervisory Development Programmes (SDPs) for the managerial and supervisory resources in apparel manufacturing units for the purpose of productivity enhancement.

In addition to this, the Training of Trainer (TOT) and Trainings of Assessor (TOA) programmes shall also be conducted at these centres. The duration of the courses would be 2 to 3 days. The perceived benefits to the industry would be reduced cost, increased efficiency, reduced risk, talent management, outsourcing/offshoring, career advancement among others.

The AMHSSC was formulated by the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) and National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) to develop skills repository for apparel value chain, national occupational standards in the industry, including third party assessments and certifications.

The mandate given to the council includes creation of National Occupational Standards, Affiliating Training Providers in apparel trainings and assessing and certifying the trainees of such Institutes/Training Providers.

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