The India-EU Skills Development Project was launched to support the government in implementing this policy and reach its ambitious target. Running for four and a half years, the project support skills development in India by building the capacity of key national players as well as both public and private state-level institutions.
The National Qualifications Framework and the Labour Market Information System form the two key components of the India-EU Skills Development Project:
A ‘National Qualifications Framework’ is an instrument for classifying qualifications by matching learning achievements with specific levels - they improve the transparency, access, progression and quality of qualifications in relation to the labour market and civil society. They enable common understanding of what a qualification means.
A ‘Labour Market Information System’ gathers and analyses reliable up-to-date information on current demands for skills and trends for the foreseeable future. This data can then be used by employers, training providers, trainees and potential trainees to make informed decisions about training capacity, recruitment, enrolment and career choice. This system provides the crucial connection between the supply and demand sides of the labour market.
Stakeholder groups worked to support the implementation of each of these components. These groups are formed of appointed staff from national and state levels, from the public and private sectors. The project has been piloted at state level during three years, targeting implementation activities in one industrial sector per year. In the first year, the project focused on the automotive sector in Maharashtra, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.