Strategic Manufacturing Sector Skill Council (SMSSC)
Strategic Manufacturing Sector Skill Council (SMSSC)

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Vision & Purpose

Vision

The strategic manufacturing sector presently provides employment to about 12 lakh people, and is expected to employ over 30 lakh people in the next ten years. India will need approximately 18 lakh technologically highly-skilled, skilled and semi-skilled workers for the sector over the next decade.The SMSSC will train and certify 15 lakh persons over a period of 10 years covering 50 job roles from level 3 to 9, as also certify over 200 training institutes and 3320 trainers. Thereby assist the Govt of India, in its mission of “Skilling India” & “Make in India”.

Challenge

A highly technical and capital intensive sector, Strategic Manufacturing is essential for security and self-reliance in critical technologies and products. Availability of engineers and skilled personnel is among the biggest challenges for the Strategic Manufacturing sector as more products are manufacturing under the 'Make in India' and Offset Policy. The sector requires high precision levels and the current training infrastructure is inadequate.

Scope

The Strategic Manufacturing Sector Skill (SMSSC) will help develop a trained workforce for defence equipment manufacturing, shipbuilding & repairs, homeland security equipment and safety and fire fighting & safety equipment. The SMSC will enable improvement in overall quantum and quality of production of the Strategic Manufacturing sector by complementing the existing vocational education system and enhancing the skill building capacity across levels for the entire value chain. The SMSSC would identify the gaps, assess the demand of various skill sets and build a skilled workforce for which, we along with all the stakeholders (including the Public and Private sectors) need to work collectively to achieve the vision.

The SMSSC will set benchmarks for:

  1. Determining the skills standards for the existing workforce and new entrants
  2. Creating standardized curriculums and benchmarks for training
  3. Developing career pathways for existing workforce, providing clear career opportunities and linked benefits across the industry for higher retention in the industry and reducing attrition