Indore is an industrial hub and has a huge demand for skilled manpower. But getting manpower as per the needs is not easy for industries due to a lack of proper skill training. Lack of trained manpower hampers industrial activity as well as the growth of the region.

If we look at the pharmaceutical sector followed by manufacturing are some of the sectors that feel a dearth of skill training in the region and have to depend on outstation forces to carry out the work. Also, small-scale industries are losing much due to lack of skilled manpower as they cannot afford to pay high charges for hiring skilled manpower from metros or overseas unlike large firms.

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In order to make youth fit as per the industrial needs, Association of Industries Madhya Pradesh (AIMP) may start skill training for youths, a move seen bridging the widening job-skill gap.

The association, in collaboration with its members and other industries, is planning to start hiring school, college dropouts and youths from institutes as part of the skill training initiative.

Under the Skill Strengthening for Industrial Value Enhancement (STRIVE) scheme, AIMP has received a funding of Rs 40 lakh from the Centre for training youths.

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The state and the Centre have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with AIMP for imparting training and developing infrastructure for industries as part of the STRIVE scheme.

As per the initial module finalized, industries will provide theoretical and practical sessions to youths in different trades.

The industry players are planning to provide training to students and then absorb them in their respective factories. This will be a win-win situation for both industries and youths. As part of the scheme, the trainee will get Rs 6,000 a month from the industry and Rs 1,500 a month from the government during training.

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