FFSC gears up to assist ‘Champion sector’

A new structure for FFSC was proposed and adopted at the 17th Governing Council meeting on 23 June, 2020, consisting of a chairman, co-chairman, treasurer and 13 executive members elected from the General Body of FFSC. On 27 August this year, election to the new Governing Council resulted in the following leadership order:

With the Union Commerce Ministry recognising furniture manufacturing among “Champion sectors” for creating manufacturing hubs across India, the timing could not have been better to for the Furniture and Fittings Skill Council (FFSC) to become more structured and organised as an industry and tap its full potential.

The Union Ministry for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) has introduced its second stint with ‘Vision 2025’, leading to a more promising and demand driven Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY).

During FY 2019-20, reflecting on the feedback from industry, the FFSC focused on creating ease of engagement for stakeholders, enhancing the overall participation through awareness campaigns and empowering the existing ecosystem.

The FFSC redefined its core functions under the key heads of Standards, Training Infrastructure, Projects, Assessment and Certification, and Career Management, giving a cleaner and lean structure.

Through its flagship initiatives – such as the FFSC Skill Ambassador Programme, FFSC Skilled India Talk and FFSC Skill Pavilion – the organisation connected with over 30,000 industry participants from across various sub-sectors, and has benefitted over 15,000 people under ‘recognition of prior learning’ (RPL), short-term training and other programmes.

FFSC certified 117 trainers during FY 2019-20, which takes the overall tally of certified trainers to 267. It also certified 61 assessors during FY 2019-20, which takes the overall tally of certified assessors to 302.

Under the Special Projects component of PMKVY, FFSC initiated training for jail inmates at five locations in Punjab with certification of 130 candidates.

Initiatives for 2020-21

Building upon the success of the FFSC Skill Ambassador campaign for FY 2019-20, FFSC aims to increase the outreach and impact of ‘Skill Development Mission’ with V.2.

It is more inclusive to factor participation from all the domains and sub-sectors of the industry, to build right occupational standards and training infrastructure, such as centres of excellence, and would benefit professionals from the MSME (micro, small and medium enterprises) sector, associations, institutions, corporates, training and engagement partners.

The FFSC Skill Pavilion is a unified platform for skilled manpower solution that brings together all the stakeholders and provides them growth opportunities through various engagements.

With the overwhelming response of the FFSC Skill Pavilion at ABID Interiors 2020 and IndiaWood 2020, FFSC aims to scale up the initiative in terms of locations and engagement features.

FFSC’s ‘Skilled India’ talk programme is devised to collaborate with industry leaders to conduct multiple knowledge sharing sessions, focused group discussions, workshops and panel discussions. Its beneficiaries include students, career aspirants, budding entrepreneurs and the training ecosystem in India.

The FFSC Skill Competitions Fund aims to break stereotypes by creating aspirational value and mainstreaming career opportunities. Events such as the World Skills Competition are proven examples of how a wider acceptability of various trades is created amongst the youth via skill-based competitions.

According to Mr Jagdish Ahuja (AICA-Sunmica), “To spread the opportunities via skill competitions and empower the participants with world class training, we have started this fund with seed capital.”

FFSC’s Career Management Cell aims to bridge the gap between learning and livelihood through correct counselling, apprenticeship or self-employment. Its Virtual Placement Drive is aggregating and bringing a wide range of career opportunities for the right candidates.

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