A large number of skill trainings in rubber have been organized in different parts of the country under an arrangement between Rubber Skill Development Council (RSDC) and National Backward Classes Finance & Development Corporation (NBCFDC).
With a view to bolster the drive to bring backward classes in the skilling ecosystem, RSDC signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) with NBCFDC in mid-2017. The arrangement was entered into considering the immense potential for training youth belonging to marginalized sections, in employable skills for the rubber sector.
NBCFDC under the aegis of Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment, Govt of India, has been formed with an objective to promote economic and developmental activities for the benefit of Backward Classes living below the poverty line and to assist the poorer section of these classes in skill development and self-employment ventures.
Besides fresh trainings under agreement with NBCFDC, RSDC has also held a series of Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) initiatives so as to assess and train the existing workforce in the unorganized segment in the regional areas and certify them for career growth.
Job roles for fresh training included Tyre Fitter and Rubber Nursery General Worker. The locations for fresh trainings were Tripura, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Jharkhand, Punjab, Haryana and Assam. As many as 540 people have received fresh trainings so far.
The RPL trainings have been carried out in the job roles of Rubber Nursery General Worker and Latex Harvest Technician (both in plantation sub-sector) at Tripura, Kerala and Tamil Nadu. The trainee count has touched 1000 in case of RPL trainings.
For achieving the objectives of these trainings, RSDC has handpicked training providers with expertise in effective delivery mechanism for skill training in Rubber sector. A stringent accreditation process is followed to ensure quality of training delivery by the training service providers followed by regular assessments. RSDC has developed National Occupational Standards for various job roles and ensures that the course curriculum prepared by the training service providers is aligned to the NOS.