In a bid to address the skills gap among our youth, thereby increasing their employability, the Indian government has launched Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY). The aim of this initiative is to make India the skill capital of the world. This scheme was implemented by the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship in March 2015 and is focussed on providing quality vocational training to the country’s youth, under various divisions such as Make in India, Clean India Mission, Digital India and so on. Many diverse sectors including the construction sector, manufacturing industries etc. will benefit from the additional skilled manpower resources that can be generated through this training. PMKVY aims to train 24 lakh youths at an estimated training budget of INR 1, 500 crores, and to create a central registry of skills. By increasing the productivity of skilled individuals, the development of the nation can be accelerated. Each trainee will get INR 8000 as a one-time reward which will be awarded by a third party assessment body. To receive the reward, the trainee must demonstrate his or her capabilities by passing a rigorous assessment test. The reward money will be credited to the candidate’s bank account. To ensure that the candidate is not awarded this amount more than once, verification of the Aadhar number will be used. Training workshops are conducted based on industry needs, and are according to the standards set by the National Skill Qualification Framework (NSQF), taking into account industry requirements. No previous educational qualification or experience is required for most of the training courses. The Yojana will provide skill training and jobs to first time job applicants, class 10 or 12 dropouts, among others. To apply, you require an Aadhar card number, mobile number, PAN card or election card. Training will be provided by the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) in conjunction with 187 training partners who have over 2300 training centers and are affiliated to the Central & State Governments. It is envisaged that training will be offered in various soft skills, in additional to the vocational skills required for each job. These soft skills may include work ethics, personality development, behavioural development, cleanliness and other such topics. To enrol for training under this scheme, visit http://www.pmkvyofficial.org/Training-Centre.aspx and search for the training centers available in your area by selecting either the location/sector/training partner. View the list of training centers with their address and contact number and get enrolled. While you can apply for more than one course, do keep in mind that the reward money will be awarded only once. The cost of the training will vary according to the course. The reward amount of INR 8, 000 which is paid to successful candidates after completion of the training can be adjusted toward the training fee. While there is no placement guarantee provided by the trainers or the scheme, there will be some placement assistance on request. To know more, do contact 08800055555 or visit http://www.pmkvyofficial.org/ for more details. Be careful as there are many fake websites where you can get swindled of your hard earned money! For details on the courses offered by NSDC training partners, check out the official NSDC website: http://nscsindia.org/.