GJSCI Implements RPL Programme In SEEPZ
The Gem & Jewellery Skill Council of India (GJSCI) launched the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) programme in SEEPZ, Mumbai, under the aegis of the Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojna (PMKVY). The RPL initiative aims to uplift karigars in the gems and jewellery industry in India; it certifies artisans who have acquired skill sets through informal learning channels and on-the-job training.
The event in Mumbai was inaugurated by N.P.S. Monga, Indian Trade Service development commissioner for SEEPZ-SEZ. Also in attendance were Gaurav Kapoor, head industry partnerships & CSR, National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC), Rajeev Pandya, president of the Seepz Gems and Jewellery Manufacturers Association (SGJMA), Vinod Khewalkar, apprenticeship advisor, and Premkumar Kothari, chairman of GJSCI, and Binit Bhatt, CEO of GJSCI.
“Our motive is to educate and produce a skilled and certified workforce to this industry, which will not only provide them good working conditions, but also ensure physical well-being thus raising their standard of living. This certification will help the karigars to understand and enhance their expertise. We look forward to shift the core of this lucrative industry from unorganised to organised through the RPL programme,” said Kothari.
“GJSCI aims to enrol the candidates to the course by spreading awareness through industry-based career counselling. RPL so far has already trained 80,000-plus candidates and over 20,000 of them are already certified under the RPL programme conducted in different parts of the country. Mumbai, being the financial capital of India, is one of the most lucrative markets for gems and jewellery. This also indicates high number of karigars working for a number of jewellery brands. The idea behind launching RPL in Mumbai, SEEPZ, is to enable the skilledyet-uncertified labour force of this city to gain certified formal knowledge, which is crucial for their betterment and will also help the jewellers to gauge their workforce and optimise them accordingly,” added Bhatt.
N.P.S Monga, Indian Trade Service development commissioner for SEEPZSEZ, speaking at the inauguration of the RPL programme in Mumbai.