Nearly 93% of the population in India lacks vocational and technical skills: Report

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  • Nearly 93% of the population in India did not receive any vocational or technical training, according to Periodic Labour Force Survey (PLFS) 2017-18.
  • In contrast, as many as 1.5 million(21%) people have gained skills and jobs under the country’s Skill India mission.
  • Globally, nearly 73 million young people are unemployed, according to the United Nations.
  • In the last budget speech, the government had announced industry relevant skill training for 10 million youth in India.
Despite Indian government’s Skill India initiative, a large chunk of its population — nearly 93% — never received any vocational or technical training.

According to the Periodic Labour Force Survey (PLFS) 2017-18, merely 1.8% of the population received formal training on technical aspects and employment-ready skills, Mint reported. While roughly 6% received informal training on job skills, self-learning, etc.

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As per the recent developments, as many as 1.5 million people have gained skills and jobs under the country’s Skill India mission. However, it is only 21% of the total trainees — 7.2 million — who enrolled for the programme.

Adding to the trouble, nearly half of the youth that is trained is not employed, as per the PLFS data. Approximately three in every five skilled women were recorded as unemployed. This clearly indicates an alarming rate of unemployment in India.

Globally, nearly 73 million young people are unemployed, with 40 million joining the labour market each year. And, that calls for the need to create 475 million new jobs over the next decade, according to the United Nations.


In a bid to boost employment in the country, the government announced industry relevant skill training for 10 million youth during the budget speech. The focus will be on building skills in technologies like — Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, Virtual Reality, 3D printing and Robotics — to promote higher remuneration.

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