Dharmendra Pradhan starts SCALE app for skill development in the leather industry: During a visit to the CSIR-Central Leather Research Institute in Chennai, Union Minister of Education and Skill Development, Dharmendra Pradhan launched the SCALE (Skill Certification Assessment for Leather Employees) app, which provides a one-stop solution for the leather industry’s skilling, learning, assessment, and employment needs.
SCALE App for Skill Development in the Leather Industry: Key Points
- The Leather Skill Sector Council has created the SCALE Android App to transform how skill development programs are created and delivered to trainees in the leather industry. People interested in leather craft can use the app to access online live classes from the state-of-the-art studio at its office.
- With over 44 lakh people employed, the leather industry is a significant contributor to the nation’s overall high employment rate. CSIR-CLRI played a crucial role in contributing to the growth of this industry through the combination of academics and skill development.
- NSDC and CSIR-CLRI will collaborate to meet the skilling needs of this industry and a national level capacity building program will be launched at CSIR-CLRI to improve the capacities of professionals who operate in this industry.
- Moreover, the establishment of Common Facilities and Skilling Centers across India, including Chennai, will be a joint effort between the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, NSDC, CLRI, and Leather Sector Skill Council.
- Young professionals in this industry are encouraged to use technology, creativity, and entrepreneurship to create jobs. They must assist artisans by connecting them to opportunities available in the digital arena, such as e-commerce.
Leather Sector in India
- India is the world’s second largest producer of footwear.
- India’s leather industry produces around 13% of the world’s leather hides/skins.
- Women make up roughly 30% of the workforce in the leather products industry. With 55% of the workforce under the age of 35, India’s leather sector has one of the youngest workforces.
- The top 3 markets for Indian Leather & Leather Products are the USA, Germany, and the U.K.
|Current Affairs April 2022|