SAIL and National Skill Development Corporation sign MoU for skill development in steel sector

The SAIL and NSDC MoU will support skill development initiatives in the vicinity of SAIL Plants for meeting the requirement of skilled manpower and developing industrial ecosystem of the area.

KOLKATA: Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL) and National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) signed an MoU for skill development in steel sector on Monday. The MoU between SAIL and NSDC will focus on three areas including - skilling of on-roll employees of SAIL, skilling of off-roll manpower working in SAIL and skilling of local youth for future employability and income generation. This has been signed as a follow up to the MoU signed between Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship (MSDE) and Ministry of Steel on July 10, 2015.

Under the SAIL-MSDC MoU, five thrust areas have been identified to support the above initiatives, which are - Skill Development Centers (SDCs) at Bhilai, Bokaro, Rourkela and Durgapur, Skill Development Centre of Excellence for Iron & Steel in the vicinity of IISCO Steel Plant at Burnpur, System of Certifying and Recognizing Prior Learning (RPL) of workforce, Upgrading SAIL training infrastructure and aligning with Quality Packs (QPs)/ National Occupational Standard (NOS) developed by Indian Iron and Steel Sector Skill Council (IISSSC) and lastly fresh skilling of local youth for employability.

The SAIL and NSDC MoU will support skill development initiatives in the vicinity of SAIL Plants for meeting the requirement of skilled manpower and developing industrial ecosystem of the area. There is shortage of skilled manpower in the steel industry particularly in advanced technologies such as hydraulics, electrics, automation, bearings, etc., in addition to lack of skilled manpower in common engineering skills such as welding and plumbing.
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