Skill development scheme launched for Indians seeking employment abroad

The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) and the Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship (MSDE) today signed a memorandum of understanding for implementation of the Pravasi Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PKVY).

PKVY is a skill development initiative of the MEA in partnership with the MSDE and is aimed at training and certification of Indian workforce keen on overseas employment in select sectors and job roles, in line with international standards, to facilitate overseas employment opportunities.

The scheme will be implemented by National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) through its Training Partners in consultation with MEA and MSDE, an official press release said.

As part of collaboration, potential emigrant workers may avail work related skill training under Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY) or any other similar Government skill development program, which would take place at transnational standards.

MSDE through NSDC proposes to establish customised International Skill Centres to operationalise this initiative. MEA’s role would be to support Pre-Departure Orientation Training (PDOT), which will include language and soft skills training modules. Training offered will also be backed by an internationally recognised assessment and certification system.
The MoU signing ceremony took place in the Ministry of External Affairs in the presence of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj,  Minister of State for External Affairs V. K. Singh and Minister of State for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Rajiv Pratap Rudy.
The MoU was signed by Mr. Dnyaneshwar M. Mulay, Additional Secretary (OIA & CPV), MEA and Dr Sunita Chibba, Senior Adviser, MSDE on behalf of their respective Ministries.
Ms. Swaraj said the initiative would enhance overseas employment opportunities for Indian workers, boost the Skill India Mission and be an important step towards the realization of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of transforming India into the skill capital of the world.