By Sangeetha G.
Oct 30 2011, Chennai
The skill development council set up by Retailers Association of India hopes to train five million people for the industry in the next four to five years.
Retailers Association’s Skill Council of India (RASCI), funded by the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC), will join hands with various training institutions across the country to conduct vocational courses in retail. The organized retailers will also join the initiative, said Kumar Rajagopal, CEO of Retailers Association of India.
RASCI is currently in the process of developing the ‘occupational standards’ for different jobs at both front-end and back-end of retail stores. For this, it is collaborating with the industry players and is seeking inputs from skill councils in the UK, Australia and Germany.
RASCI plans to introduce the vocational topics in retail in formal schools in the 9th and 10th standard curricula and conduct training courses for those who have completed 12th standard. RASCI is in talks with Haryana and Tamil Nadu governments to introduce the topics in schools as pilot projects. The vocational training courses could be conducted in at least 100 institutes run by companies, into skill development.
According to Rajagopal, the organised retail industry, which employs one million people, is facing 20 per cent shortage of manpower. Further 30 per cent of the employed are without any background knowledge, inducted out of desperation.