The SCALE (Skill Certification Assessment for Leather Employees) app was launched by the Minister of Education and Skill Development Dharmendra Pradhan during his visit to the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)-Central Leather Research Institute (CLRI) on September 20, 2022.
- The newly launched app provides a one-stop service for skilling, learning, assessment and job opportunities for the leather industry.
- The application was developed by the Leather Skill Sector Council (LSSC).
- It provides online live streaming classes from a studio at the LSSC’s office.
- These classes can be accessed by anyone interested in the leather crafts.
India’s leather sector
India’s leather sector is predicted to produce a total of 2.39 million new jobs from 2017 to 2022. This includes 0.88 million full-time workers, 0.77 million employed in small businesses and 0.74 million self-employed or daily wage workers like cobblers. This sector has one of the youngest and most productive workforce. More than half of the labourers in this industry are below the age of 55. India is currently the second largest producer and consumer of footwear in the world. About 13 percent of leather hides and skins are produced in the country. India’s leather sector produces about 3 billion square feet of leather every year. 9 percent of all footwear produced in the world is from India.
The Leather Sector Skill Council (LSSC) is a non-profit organization established to assist India’s leather sector meet the demands for qualified workers. It was set up in 2012. It is responsible for the creation of skilled ecosystem in India’s leather industry through capacity building measures. Its objectives include the creation of skilled workforce in the leather and leather goods industry and ensuring the availability of trained and skilled labour across industrial segments and organizational levels. Currently, the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) recognizes it as one of the important sector skills councils.
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