Necessity for Skill Development in India
Skill development is a major necessity currently for the Indian gem and jewellery industry. The Indian gems and jewellery industry is considered the global jewellery manufacturing hub as it is well established and recognized worldwide for its unique craftsmanship. The industry is highly labour intensive & export oriented; it involves not just workmanship, but also a lot of patience and dedication to the art of jewellery making.
The sector has grown at a noteworthy CAGR (compound annual growth rate) of 22 percent. The gem and jewellery sector plays a vital role in the Indian economy with its share of the GDP at 5.9 percent. The industry as of now employs around 3.5 million workers and is assessed to employ more than 6 million professionals by 2022; which suggests that there will be the additional creation of jobs which would be approximately 2.5 million in next 6 years.
Although India has a huge workforce, the shortage of skilled, knowledgeable and qualified manpower is a major concern for the industry. With tough competition arising from countries like Thailand and China, the necessity of having skilled and qualified manpower in the Indian manufacturing units is going to increase.
Skilled professionals are the backbone for manufacturing high quality merchandise which will eventually determine the fiscal and economic growth of the manufacturer as well as the industry. Such skilled professionals are likewise responsible for overall production quality as well as reducing manufacturing defects thus creating quality merchandise.
To attract more artisans in the upcoming years, it is of utmost importance that the industry starts promoting and supporting skill education for their current and future employees.
The availability of skill training is now just a step away for artisans and skilled workers from this industry. The Gem and Jewellery Skill Council of India (GJSCI) is the nodal division for skill development of the Indian Gem & Jewellery industry. GJSCI was formed in 2012 under the guidance of the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) and the Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship (MSDE).
GJSCI’s goal is to create a systematized training and development network in the industry to generate skilled professionals who will be at par with global gem and jewellery quality standards.
The GJSCI’s vision is to ensure confidence, enhance productivity and provide guidance through the appropriate skill development. Skill development will empower the younger generation to get worthy job opportunities and the industry to have talented and skilled professionals.
An artisan can develop their skills and gain a notable skill certificate by enrolling in any of GJSCI’s affiliated institutes. These affiliated institutes conduct GJSCI approved skill development courses aimed at providing the required training and education to the students.
GJSCI has also taken a step of supporting Digital India by stressing the need for quality salesmanship in the jewellery sector. GJSCI has introduced the Digital Jewellery Retail Sales Associate (JRSA) which is an e-learning platform and has also created an exclusive industry specific job portal www.gjscijobs.com which is a medium to connect employees and employers.
GJSCI endeavours to set up skill centres to offer design education and promote design awareness to address the varied needs of the sector. The objective of such skill centres would be to train jewellery manufacturers, entrepreneurs, and skilled workers on state–of–the–art tools and equipment, design ideas, product innovation and improvement and so forth for the upgradation of the gem and jewellery industry.
More information on GJSCI is available on www.gjsci.org.