The Integrated Skill Development Scheme under the Textile Ministry in the last seven years has seen an impressive 76% of trained personnel landing jobs related to their skills. A total of 11.4 lakh beneficiaries have received skills training under the scheme.
To further address the shortage of skilled manpower in the textile industry, a new Samarth Scheme for Capacity Building in the Textile Sector has been rolled out for a period of three years from 2017-18 to 2019-20 with a budget of Rs 1,300 crores. The scheme aims to train 10 lakh individuals on industry demand-based skills under the National Skills Qualifications Framework.
These schemes are crucial in combatting a major skills gap in the textile and apparel sectors in India. In 2018, a survey by the Textiles Committee revealed a skilling requirement for 30.56 lakh persons of which 23.89 Lakh was for the apparel sector alone. The same survey cites additional employment capacity of 62.12 lakh in the organised textile and apparel sectors by 2020.