by Suman Gupta
May 2017, Mumbai: Gem & Jewellery Skill Council of India (GJSCI) organized a Training Partners Meet at SEEPZ in Mumbai to discuss priorities of the coming year along with the updates on various schemes and benefits. The meet was conducted by Mr.Binit Bhatt, CEO, GJSCI and team for the 80 existing and potential Training partners that were present.
The meeting discussed key topics like PMKVY 2.0 scheme mechanism and on ground implementation, Recognition of Prior Learning Project (RPL) and way forward, GJSCI and its related services, Non-scheme GJSCI affiliation, brief about various job roles offered by GJSCI followed by an open discussion on the challenges faced and possible solutions in the operations
“GJSCI is actively involved in various activities that encircle the prime motive of training and development of labour force of gems & jewellery industry. Apart from that, the body keeps supporting various social causes from time to time. Training partners play a vital role in training & development sector and hence it is important to hold such meets which enable us to keep up the spirit of our training partners and also update them about the timely progress and development of GJSCI”, said Mr. Binit Bhatt, CEO, GJSCI
Binit Bhatt, Chief Executive Officer, Gem & Jewellery Council of India (GJSCI)
Binit Bhatt, Chief Executive Officer, Gem & Jewellery Council of India (GJSCI), brings with him more than 26 years of industry experience. An MBA (Marketing) by qualification, Binit also holds a GG & FJC certificate from GIA. During his time in the industry, he has excelled in various roles in the including 4 years in New York with a leading exporter. However, his natural inclination towards gems and jewellery and passion to empower people has made him take up the current assignment with GJSCI. Binit joined GJSCI in the year 2015 and since then has been managing the operations for GJSCI on pan India level. All GJSCI initiatives under his leadership have been aiming at creating skilled labour force for the industry as well as upgrade the standard of living of an average artisan. In addition to his role at GJSCI Binit loves his stint as a corporate trainer FOR ‘Emotional Intelligence’ and was a visiting faculty at IIGJ based in Mumbai. Gem & Jewellery Skill Council of India (GJSCI) Gem & Jewellery Skill Council of India would like to take our Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s
‘Skill India’ initiative to the next level. We have so far already skilled more than 80,000 plus candidates since inception. Formed under the aegis of National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) and Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship (MSDE), GJSCI is relentlessly working towards creating a skilled labour force for the Gems & Jewellery Industry. The Gems & Jewellery industry has been earmarked as one of the priority sectors which contribute to almost 6% of India’s GDP. The industry currently employees 3.5 million Indians and by 2022, additional 2.5 million jobs are expected to be created. On the other hand, awareness for skilled labour force and its importance is low. With an aim to bridge this gap GJSCI has been providing a standardized and qualitative training programme to the karigars/artisans.
Though they in some cases have inherited skills, this training helps them in upgrading their skill levels while at the same time improving their standard of living. GJSCI has created “National Occupation Standard” with 117 different qualification packs needed to train Artisans in the industry; these qualifications will infact cover 80% of the manpower requirements of this Industry. The curriculums developed are in multiple languages to support the training in this regard. It offers certifications across all segments of the jewellery industry, including diamond processing, coloured gemstone processing, and jewellery manufacturing, wholesale and retail. Since its inception, GJSCI has signed several MOU’s with various bodies including Andhra Pradesh State Skill Development Corporation (APSSDC), MSSDS (Maharashtra State Skill Development Society) and a tri-party agreement with Imitation Jewellery Manufacturers Association (IJMA) & Aasmant Foundation at Palghar.
It has also conducted and participated in activities like WorldSkills India Finals, Delhi Jewellery & Gem Fair (DJGF), Mumbai SuvarnakarSangh Felicitation, ASAP Skill Conclave, MSDE Skill Conclave, Affiliation with MKSSS and much more. GJSCI understands that every individual is unique and possesses unique strengths. This has led to the launch of Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) programme which assesses the candidates to identify previous often experiential learning’s and recognizes the talent towards gaining a qualification. Jewellery manufacturing organizations employing artisans’ experienced through non- formal learning channels can opt to get their skill sets in order to build on what they have learnt. GJSCI’s foundation has been backed by The Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC), The All India Gems and Jewellery Trade Federation (GJF), The SEEPZ Gems & Jewellery Manufacturers Association (SGJMA) and The Jaipur Jewellery Association (JJA).