Here at Oxford, the students not only get an Oxford certificate after the completion of course but also receive a Certificate in Modular Employable Skills (MES certificate) from National Council for Vocational Training Under Skill Development Initiative scheme (SDIS), Ministry of Labour and Employment, Government of India (Through Exams Only-select courses). The Certificates may be useful for bank loans, overseas education or jobs. The students have to pay the MES examination fee in addition to the coaching fee for MES certificate by Ministry of Labour and Employment, Government of India.
Modular Employable Skills (MES) under Skill Development Initiative Scheme (SDIS)
In India, a majority of workforce does not possess marketable skills which are an impediment in getting decent employment and improving their economic condition. Below are some of the startling facts:
This signifies that a large number of school dropouts do not have access to skill development for improving their employability. The educational entry requirements and long duration of courses of the formal training system are some of the impediments for a person of low educational attainment to acquire skills for his livelihood. Further, the largest share of new jobs in India is likely to come from the unorganized sector that employs up to 93 per cent of the national workforce, but most of the training programmes cater to the needs of the organized sector.
Hon’ble Minister of Finance during the budget speech 2005-06 made the following announcement:
To meet the demand for specific skills of a high order, a Public Private Partnership between Government and Industry is proposed to promote skills development programme under the name ‘Skill Development Initiative’….”.
Accordingly, Ministry of Labour & Employment undertook development of a new strategic framework for skill development for early school leavers and existing workers, especially in the un-organised sector in close consultation with industry, micro enterprises in the un-organised sector, State Governments, experts and academia which was essential considering their educational, social and economic background. The main objective of the scheme is to provide employable skills to school leavers, existing workers, ITI graduates, etc. Existing skills of the persons can also be tested and certified under this scheme. Priority will be given to covering those above the age of 14 years who have been or withdrawn as child labour to enable them to learn employable skills in order to get gainful employment. It is hoped that this website will help in dissemination of the information about the scheme and bring transparency. It will also helpful in getting valuable feedback from stakeholders and public at large.
Under the MES scheme, with collaboration with the Ministry of Labour & Employment, Oxford provides the MES certification in the following courses: