Railways to provide skill training to 50,000 youth in next 3 years

New Delhi : Indian Railways on Friday launched “Rail Kaushal Vikas Yojana’ to provide entry level training in industry relevant skills to 50,000 youth at 75 railways training institutes across the country.

The training will be provided over a period of three years. Initially, the training will be provided to 1000 candidates.

The scheme was launched by the Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw here in New Delhi through video conference.

“The vision of skill development is an integral part of the vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and 50 thousand youth will be trained under Rail Kaushal Vikas Yojana,” the minister said in a statement.

Stressing upon youth should enjoy the training, the Minister said, ”The aim of this initiative is to impart training skills to the youth in various trades to bring qualitative improvement.”

He also emphasized that training in remote areas to be conducted under Rail Kaushal Vikas Yojana.

The Minister also congratulated Prime Minister on his birthday and said the scheme Rail Kaushal Vikas Yojana dedicated to Prime Minister as the gift of Railways on his 71st birthday.

The training will be provided in four trades viz. Electrician, Welder, Machinist and Fitter and will comprise of initial basic training of 100 hours.

“75 Railway training institutes spread across the country have been shortlisted to provide training in aforesaid trades, to cover youth from all over the country,’ said the ministry.

Training shall be provided free of cost and participants will be selected from applications received online, following a transparent mechanism on the basis of marks in matriculation.

Candidates who are 10th passed and between 18-35 years shall be eligible to apply.

“Participants in the scheme shall however have no claim to seek employment in Railways on the basis of this training,” it said.

The scheme will not only improve the employability of the youth but also upgrade the skills of self employed and those who are working with contractors through re-skilling and up – skilling and contribute towards Skill India Mission

Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship through National Skill Development Corporation has implemented Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY) 2015-16 with a target to cover 24 lakh youth in the country.

The scheme is implemented with the objective to enable a large number of Indian youth to take up industry-relevant skill training that will help them in securing a better livelihood.