Skill Council for Mining Sector (SCMS) promoted by FIMI and supported by Ministry of Mines is the apex body to train and meet the requirement of skilled workforce for the mining industry in PPP mode, approved by the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) under the Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship (MSDE).
The core activity of SCMS is to formulate the National Occupational Standard (NOS) for different job roles aligned to National Skills Qualifications Framework (NSQF) notified by Government of India, in December, 2013.
Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) in its notification dated 17th March 2015 has authorized SCMS as a non-statutory agency for certifying the mining workforce in India.
SCMS is a registered company under section 25 of companies’ act 2013 and have been issued 80G certificate under income tax act 1961 in October, 2015. This allows SCMS to undertake training under Cooperate Social Responsibility (CSR) projects for various companies.
Taking cognizance of the demand and supply gaps of skilled workforce faced by the Mining Industry and in consonance with the Government of India’s target of skilling for about 500 million workers by 2022 by setting up of Sector Skill Councils, FIMI as a responsible industry association took initiatives for setting up the Sector Skill Council in Mining.
The Skills Council for Mining Sector (“SCMS”), promoted by Federation of Indian Mineral Industries (FIMI) and supported by Ministry of Mines has been established as per the guidelines framed by the National Skill Development Council (NSDC) SCMS was set up to develop skill competency standards and qualifications, benchmark it with national and international standards and to work with the mining industry in PPP mode.
Indian mining sector is largely fragmented, comprising several small scale operational mines, it is still dominated by the mining industries both public and private, which accounted about 75% of the total mining production in India. Although the industry has the large number of employees including contract manpower totaling to about 9.5 lakhs in different trades of mining, the woeful shortage of skilled personnel in various mining trades is widely felt.
The key factors affecting the human resources and skill requirement in the Indian Mining Industry are technology up-gradation, increase in productivity stringent environment and sustainable development framework, globalization and aging profile of workforce and long gestation period for skill acquisition. Given the estimated increase in the mining output as well as the expected changes in the productivity levels, the total employment in the mining industry is estimated to increase to 11 lakhs by the year 2017 and 12 lakhs by the year 2025.
The Skill Council for Mining Sector will ensure and promote skill development and vocational education in the mining sector in accordance with the objectives of the National Skill Development Corporation and contribute to human capital development of the nation to achieve inclusive growth.