The Ministry of Railways on Friday launched a skills development program with particular emphasis on jobs relevant to the railways. The Rail Kaushal Vikas Yojana, a program under the aegis of Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY), aims to train 50,000 candidates over the next three years.
“Initially, training will be provided to 1,000 candidates. The training will be provided in four trades namely electrician, welder, machinist and fitter and will include an initial basic training of 100 hours. Training programs in other trades will be added by zonal railways and production units based on regional demands and needs assessment, ”said an official statement.
“The training will be provided free of charge and participants will be selected from applications received online, through a transparent mechanism based on registration marks. Applicants who passed 10th and between 18-35 years old will be eligible to apply. However, participants in the program will not be able to claim to seek employment in the railways on the basis of this training, ”the statement added.
“The aim of this initiative is to impart training skills to young people in various trades in order to bring about a qualitative improvement,” said Minister of Railways Ashwini Vaishnaw. He also stressed that training in remote areas will be conducted under this program.
The program of the program has been developed by Banaras Locomotive Works, which will also standardize assessments and maintain a centralized database of participants. The program will be launched for 1,000 participants initially and will complement the training provided to apprentices under the 1961 Apprenticeship Act.
“The program will not only improve the employability of young people, but will also improve the skills of the self-employed and those working with contractors by retraining and upgrading their skills,” the statement said.
“Trainees will undergo a standardized assessment and be awarded a trade certificate from the National Rail & Transportation Institute upon completion of their program. They will also receive toolkits relevant to their trade that would help these trainees use their learning and improve their self-employment capacity as well as their employability in various industries, ”the statement added.