Edu­jobs Academy Launches GJSCI’s RPL Pro­gramme In Kolkata

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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.

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