Edujobs Academy Launches GJSCI’s RPL Programme In Kolkata
Kolkata-based institute Edujobs Academy, a National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) partner company, launched the Gem & Jewellery Skill Council of India’s (GJSCI’s) Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Goldsmith Programme. The RPL programme is a GJSCI initiative formed under the Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana that will assist more than 8,000 unorganised goldsmiths of West Bengal to be certified.
The event was attended by Sadhan Pande, minister for consumer affairs, self help-group and self-employment, Government of India; Smita Bakshi, member of West Bengal Legislative Assembly, Government of West Bengal; and Binit Bhatt, CEO of GJSCI.
“We are working towards ensuring that a skilled and certified labour force is created and has the right work environment for their financial and physical well-being, apart from increasing their productivity. For this initiative, we are constantly working with several state governments. RPL is the first step for an individual to explore career choices in the industry. On the other hand our Dakshagram initiative will catalyse the transition of the gems and jewellery industry into an organised sector,” said Prem Kothari, chairman, GJSCI.
GJSCI has been tasked with nurturing the 3.5 million skilled yet uncertified workers of the gems and jewellery industry. Due to the unstructured nature of the industry, skilled artisans who contribute to the jewellery creation process at times struggle to make ends meet.
“At GJSCI our aim is to create awareness and counsel candidates about career choices and prep them to enrol for courses. The RPL programme will play a very important role to achieve this aim. We have so far trained 80,000-plus candidates and certified more than 20,000 candidates. We have a massive target of training 2.7 million individuals and at the same time attracting bright talent to create a career in the industry that has several roles and job opportunities to offer,” added Bhatt.