With a view to creating robust human resources for the textiles sector, particularly the need for a trained and skilled workforce in all segments of the textiles sector, the Ministry of Textiles has been implementing various skill development schemes and programmes since the financial year 2010-11. Under the comprehensive Integrated Skill Development Scheme(ISDS), a total of 11.14 lakh persons have been trained during FY 2010-11 to 2017-18, in various segments of textiles covering textiles and apparel, jute, spinning, weaving, technical textiles, sericulture, handloom and handicrafts of which 8.43 lakh persons have been employed.
The Ministry of Textiles has also extended the skill development programme in the form of the Samarth- Scheme for Capacity Building in Textile Sector for a period up to 2023-24 with the objective to provide a demand-driven, placement oriented National Skills Qualifications Framework (NSQF). The skilling programmes are to incentivize and supplement the efforts of the industry in creating jobs in the organized textile and related sectors, covering the entire value chain of textiles, excluding Spinning and Weaving in the organized sector. The training programme under the scheme is implemented through state government agencies, textile industry/ industry associations and sectoral organizations of the Ministry. Training programme for about 3.3 lakh beneficiaries allocated to various implementing partners after due process of empanelling and physical verification of training centres is progressing at various stages.
Samarth Scheme is implemented across the country including backward, rural tribal and hilly areas. State government agencies and sectoral organizations of Ministry have been allocated targets for the training programmes in these areas to promote traditional textiles such as handlooms, silk, jute and handicrafts.
Need-based skill up gradation for handloom workers in areas viz. weaving, dyeing, designing, etc., earlier conducted under National Handloom Development Scheme, Comprehensive Handloom Cluster Development Scheme (CHCDS ) are now undertaken under Samarth scheme. Further, the Government imparts various training programmes and schemes for promotion, development and generation of employment for artisans of the handicraft sector under “National Handicraft Development Programme (NHDP)” and Comprehensive Handicrafts Cluster Development Scheme (CHCDS) to provide sustainable livelihood opportunities to the artisans.