During the recently held FICCI – PSIC 2018 (3 August 2018), seventeen security guard agencies showed their commitment and came forward to sign MoUs with the Management and Entrepreneurship & Professional Skills Council (MEPSC) to impart training to over 3.17 lakh security guards under the government’s ‘Recognition of Prior Learning’ (RPL) scheme. The companies included SIS India, G4S, Peregrine, Checkmate, NISA, SMS Security, Orion, Terrier, Raxa-GMR and so on.
Addressing a gathering of over 300 security professionals at the ‘Private Security Industry Conclave, Dharmendra Pradhan, Minister of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, GoI, said that the skilling of manpower is critical for private security industry which is growing at an annual rate of 20-25 percent. The industry must partner with the government in skilling, reskilling and upskilling of the workforce in order to meet the challenges of new RPL 4.0.
“Glad that a MoU has been signed between the private security companies and the Management & Entrepreneurship and Professional Skills Council to train and certify over 3 Lakh personnel under Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) in the Private Security Industry.”
– Dharmendra Pradhan,
Minister of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, GoI
He further said that there is a need to make the economy more formal. In other developed countries, skilling, reskilling and upskilling are the jobs of the industry, and the respective governments undergo partnership with the private sector for this purpose. The government of India has shown conviction in the industry and hence it has changed the policy to RPL 4.0. There is a need to increase the employable workforce in the country and bring them under the skilling ecosystem.
“There’s a long list of things that we want the government to look into – skill is one of them. Apart from construction and logistics, the private security industry is among the top five sectors to create jobs in the country,” said Rituraj Sinha, the Chair, FICCI Committee of Private Security Industry, and Managing Director, SIS Group, “The sector has about 53 million security personnel registered with the government’s provident fund scheme.”
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a key element under Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY) scheme of the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) which aims to impart skill based training to one crore people between 2016 – 2020.
There is a large section of India’s unorganized workforce that is unskilled and semi-skilled who generally pick up skills and knowledge in an informal set up by observing people or working under their guidance or through complete self-learning. Even if they manage to get a job they may not be able to improve their skills. This also affects their productivity and quality of output. They need access to training programs and support from their employers to skill and upskill themselves. Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is meant to help such workforce who get assessed, trained, and certified on their current competencies as per the National Skills Qualifications Framework (NSQF) levels. RPL also shows them a path to bridge their current knowledge and skill levels to reach a competency level or go for higher skills for professional growth.
The RPL certification would be at par with the certifications awarded by various skill training programs in the country.