Building Employment Opportunities in Maritime sector

There are plenty of employment opportunities in maritime sector in India. In order to ensure that the youth of the country is well-qualified to grab these opportunities, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed digitally between Ministry of Shipping and Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship on 20 August 2020.

As per the MoU, the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) will cooperate in development of course curriculum, national occupational standards,content, etc. for cruise tourism, logistics, fisheries, ship building, ship repair and ship breaking, dredging, offshore supply chain etc. It will also leverage its existing infrastructure such as ITIs, NSTIs and PMKK and PMKVY centers to train manpower required as per the skill gaps of the coastal districts. MSDE will also help in mobilising private sector/ CSR funding for skill development in the port and maritime sector and facilitate port and maritime sector in TVET agreements signed for skill development with international partners.

The support in funding the implementation of various skilling initiatives wherever applicable and feasible under the Sagarmala Mission will be extended by the Ministry of Shipping (MoS). Under the partnership, MoS will facilitate implementation of activities related to skill development and upgradation not only through institutions under MoS and autonomous bodies but also through the involvement of private sector. MoS will also facilitate the identification and availability of infrastructure that can be leveraged for development of skill development centers and utilization of the same as In-situ Training hubs. This would include developing 5-10 shipping cabins to deploy remote training and practical whereby instead of investing in developing classroom training infrastructure, some ships can be customised with mobile classrooms to deploy training to remote areas.

Significant outcomes expected under the MoU:

  1. Facilitating development of port and maritime sector through TVET agreements signed for skill development with international partners.
  2. Providing best practices from relevant institutions in public and private sector pertaining to teaching aids, continuous lifelong learning, recognition of prior learning, teaching methodology, qualifications, credits, technology use, learning systems and research, etc. in the skill development field.
  3. Facilitating the enhancement of skill levels of personnel in priority areas through setting up of trade specialisation centers/ centres of excellence especially for ports and maritime sector.
  4. Setting-up multi-skill development centres for higher order skills in collaboration with DGT or NSDC through PPP model for skill training.
  5. Facilitating Training of Trainers (ToTs) and Training of Assessors (ToA) through empanelment with relevant SSCs or through any other mechanism.
  6. Raising the quality of work in institutions under MoS to hire skilled and certified personnel, putting in policy for incentivising skill training and certificate in recruitment process and certification of RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning) of skilled/ semi-skilled people.
  7. Maximising apprenticeship training in coordination with NSDC and DGT, as permitted under the amended Apprentices Act, 1961.

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