In news- Minister for Labour and Employment launched DigiSaksham – a digital skills programme to enhance the employability of youth.
About the initiative-
- The joint initiative with Microsoft India is an extension of the Government’s ongoing programs to support the youth from rural and semi-urban areas belonging to disadvantaged communities, including those who have lost their jobs due to Covid-19 pandemic.
- Free of cost training in digital skills including basic skills as well as advanced computing, will be provided to more than 3 lakh youths in the first year.
- The Jobseekers can access the training through National Career Service (NCS) Portal (www.ncs.gov.in).
- There will be basically three types of training—
- Digital Skills – Self paced learning,
- VILT mode training (Virtual Instructor led)
- ILT mode training (Instructor led)
- The ILT training which is in person training would be conducted at the Model Career Centres (MCCs) and National Career Service Centres (NCSC) for SCs/STs across the country.
- It will be implemented in the field by Aga Khan Rural Support Programme India (AKRSP-I).
National Career Service (NCS) Project-
- The Ministry of Labour and Employment is implementing NCS as a Mission Mode Project for transformation of the National Employment Service to provide a variety of employment related services.
- The services under NCS are available online which was dedicated to the Nation in 2015.
- All the services available in the portal are free of cost for all stakeholders including jobseekers, employers, training providers and placement organizations.
- The NCS portals can be accessed directly or from Career Centres (Employment Exchanges), Common Service Centres, post offices, mobile devices, cyber cafes etc.
- The Government of India has provided financial assistance to the states for setting-up model career centres and has already approved 207 Model Career Centres