The 'Placement Linked Skill Development Programme' (PLSDP) under the XIth Five Year Plan of the Government of India is being efficiently implemented by Footwear Design & Development Institute (FDDI) in association with Department for Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP).
FDDI is implementing the PLSDP through establishment of training centers at Kanpur, Agra and at various on-site locations across the country where unemployed youths are being selected, trained and provided assistance to get employment in the footwear industry at the shop floor level operations.
Initially, basic courses in cutting and closing operations are being carried out. The training for specific requirements of other skills of footwear manufacturing is being conducted at the factory premises.
According to Mr. Rajeev Lakhara, IRS, Managing Director, FDDI, вЂњThe programme which targets to train 12,000 workers in three years time has been meticulously devised after a series of brainstorming session with several manufacturers & exporters of leather & leather products.вЂќ
вЂњPLSDP tries to resolve one the major problems of the Indian leather and footwear industry i.e. the shortage of trained manpower at the operator level,вЂќ added Mr. Lakhara.
Recently, under the PLSDP, FDDI provided training to 57 persons at the factory premises of Yash Exports, in Rewari, Haryana which is a unit of Zeta Leathers, Manesar.
The training in cutting & closing department was imparted by Mr. Deepak Choudhary - Sr. Faculty Member (HoD), FDDI where the trainees gained knowledge on various operations like Hand & Machine Cutting, Leather Tracing, Blade Making, Upper Making, Skiving etc.
Sharing the details, Mr. Shashi Bhushan Shukla, IRS, Secretary, FDDI, said вЂњThe fresh youngsters learn a great deal from this programme through specially designed course curriculum, training material and multimedia.вЂќ
вЂњRelevant information in the form of specially designed booklet, multimedia course modules & Swayam Siddha Manuals (the art of self learning) of FDDI, is being provided during the training programme to the trainees,вЂќ added Mr. Shukla.
So far, FDDI has covered a total number of 1,117 trainees through the training centers in Kanpur, Agra and other on-site locations all over India. The trainees who have completed their training have been successfully placed in footwear industries. Apart from imparting training through established training centers in Kanpur and Agra, FDDI is actively involved in selection and training of fresh workers in various on-site locations.
FDDI has already trained new workers and operators for M/s TATA International, Dewas, M/s Zermatt Shoe Company Pvt. Ltd, Ambur, M/s Zeta Shoes, Manesar, M/s Tej Shoes, Agra, M/s Jas Exports, Agra, M/s Super House Ltd., Unnao, M/s Uday Shoes, Agra, M/s Amrin Leather Tex, Kanpur, M/s NMZ, Ambur, M/s Rogen Bagen Footwear, Bangalore.