In recent years the Indian economy has shown a remarkable acceleration in economic growth.Inspite of the global meltdown India has been able to keep its growth rate above 6%; and the projection for the financial year 2009-10 is also positive. As the Indian economy grows and competes internationally in various fields, it is faced with the realization that the availability of requisite skill is beginning to emerge as a major constraint to its rapid growth. So the challenge is not merely of producing more skilled manpower needed by the employment market but also to address the problem of inadequacy of 'current capacity of the skill-development system'. The coverage of vocations in which skill development is provided at present is also very limited in comparison with the diversified need of the present employment market.
Keeping in view this acute shortage of skilled manpower vis-a-vis demand of the present Employment Market (domestic as well as international), Labour Development, Government of West Bengal has introduced the Scheme "Skill Development for the Registered Job-Seekers" on 1st August.2007.

Objective of the Scheme:

  • Skill upgradation of the job-seekers as per requirement of the Employment Market to enhance their employability

  • Promotion of Self-employment among the registered jobseekers

This Scheme includes the following activities:


Skill upgradation training is provided to the job-seekers registered with the Employment Exchanges for at least 2 years and who are not less than 20 years of age,in Institutes enlisted under the Scheme on some specified courses. The Government bears 50% of the course fee or Rs. 5000/- whichever is less and the trainee pays the remaining portion of the course fee. Job-Seekers should apply in SD-I form for take the benefit of the scheme.

Selection of trades and courses :

  • Emphasis was given on the development of skill needed for the Service Sector which is growing very fast ( as in West Bengal the Directorate of Industrial Training is catering mainly the needs of the Industrial Sector through various Training Programmes,)

  • Some major trades like IT / ITeS, Para Medical & Health Care, Accounting & Finance, Retail Management, Communicative Skills, Export- Import Management, Hotel Management, Hospital & Health Management etc. were identified and available training providers both in Public & Private Sectors were enlisted.

  • More than 800 Institutes or franchises under Organisations (like WEBEL) have so far been enlisted under the Scheme and 405 courses under 32 main trades have been identified by the Directorate of Employment.

  • A training provider having good training infrastructure and courses having good prospect in employment market may apply to the Directorate of Employment in
    under the scheme for Skill Development for the Registered Job-Seekers for enlistment under the scheme. A technical committee will evaluate the applications and recommend for such enlistment.

  • (Regular)Training Need Analysis by the Employers - Employers Associations were invited in different State-level seminars / workshops organized on the Scheme. Recently an exclusive meeting with different Employers Associations was organized in the chamber of Secretary, Labour Department and were requested to submit their views on sector-wise / trade-wise demand for skilled personnel.

  • In Overseas Employment Market there is always requirement of latest technologies and unless training providers using such modern technology could be identified, need for skilled manpower in that market could not be catered.

  • Improvement of quality and enhancement of placement prospect:
    1. Inspection of the enlisted Organisations / Institutions at regular interval
    2. Enforcement of Central Evaluation System or Third Party Evaluation.
    3. Maintenance of infrastructural information database of all Organisations / Institutions


Mock-Tests (both Objective & Subjective type) for various job-oriented Competitive Examinations are conducted by the Directorate of Employment, West Bengal. The facility of Mock-Test is available to the registered job-seekers free of cost and no waiting period of registration is required. To appear in the Mock-Test registrants of Employment Exchanges should contact to local Employment Exchanges and apply for mock-Test in SD-II Form


VOCATIONAL GUIDANCE/COUNSELLING OF THE JOB SEEKERS -The following main services are provided to the job-seekers under this programme:

  • Special Coachingis provided for different job related competitive examinations. Candidates have to apply in SD-III form to the local Employment Exchanges to take the benefit of Special Coaching.

  • Career Cornersequipped with various career related books, journals, magazines etc. are established in different Employment Exchanges / University Information & Guidance Bureaux and office of the Regional Joint Directors of Employment in the districts.

Following three activities are likely to be included in the Scheme from the financial year 2009-10 under PART - IV, PART-V & PART-VI of the Scheme :

  • Test of Competency and Certification - Many job-seekers acquire skill informally and do not possess any formal certification of the skill they possess and thus earn lower wages. Competency testing of this target group after a short crash course and certification thereafter will be done in this Part of the Scheme.

  • Self-Employment Promotion - It has been observed that job-seekers often take up self-employment ventures just because they couldn't find any wage employment. In most of the cases such decision do not reflect their inclination and aptitude towards entrepreneurship, which leads to failure of the projects and non-payment of bank loans. This Part envisages a scientific procedure to motivate, identify, train and promote successful self-employment ventures.

  • Development of Persons with Disabilities - Assessment of the residual physical and intellectual abilities of the Persons With Disabilities followed by Skill Training / Entrepreneurship Development Training on the basis of that assessment will be done in this Part of the Scheme.



Last updated on: Fri, 20 Sep 2013
Information Source: Department of Information & Cultural Affairs(I&CA), Government of West Bengal