RPL certification is about employer-worker benefits

There is an urgent need for skill training across the country. The absence of sufficient training avenues prevents people from acquiring skill training and certification through the formal channels.

As a result, most of the skill acquisition takes place through informal channels, such as family occupation, on-the-job training under master craftsman, etc. These skills go unrecognised as they are not acquired through formal means and are never formally recognised.

This prevents some sections of the skilled workforce from accessing formal employment opportunities, utilising their experience to further taking up educational courses and benefitting from other career progression opportunities available through the formal training system.

‘Recognition of Prior Learning’ (RPL) is a certification framework which assesses those who have acquired skills informally, and then recognise them with a formal certification. The certification not only allows us to recognise their skills but also helps them access future opportunities in the formal ecosystem.

Benefits of RPL

The aim of the project – undertaken by the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) and the Furniture and Fittings Skills Council (FFSC) in particular – is to certify the existing manpower in each sector as per the National Skills Qualifications Framework (NSQF), which enables vertical and horizontal career progression for the candidates and encourage new entrants to attain training under NSQF-aligned courses developed by sector skill councils.

Such certification improves employee motivation and their interest in workplace activities; facilitates access to jobs and progression in career pathways; and promotes a culture of continuous learning in the organisation.

These focused training programmes aim to meet the need of an employee (identification of skill gap) and avoid duplication of training. This saves time, which could be effectively utilised towards growth and innovation.

It also provides employees recognition in terms of NSQF grading and salary classification.

The NSQF levels of 1 to 10 help each employee identify his/her skill gaps and provide opportunities to upgrade his/her skills for personal and professional growth in future.

Financial benefits

The Union government provides accidental insurance of up to Rs. 2 lakh for all certified candidates for a period of 3 years, as per PMKVY guidelines. Reward money of Rs 500 is also disbursed to the certified candidates through direct bank transfer.

The FFSC has so far certified more than 4,000 employees across the country employed under top industry players such as Hettich India, HePo, Greenply Industries, Narsi Group, AIPL, etc.

The FFSC is aiming to scale up the project by involving industry clusters, associations, consortia etc. who are willing to partner with the council to initiate the certification of their employees.

To participate in the RPL projects,

email Mr Shrikanth Sasi at [email protected]

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