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Handicrafts and Carpet Sector Skill Council

HCSSC Aims:
The HCSSC shall be responsible for meeting the human resource requirementsin terms of shop floor workers and professionals for the entire value chain of the handicrafts and carpets industry. To ensure, the human resource pool size and the quality meets the growing and evolving demands of the Industry, the following tasks are envisaged:

• Research and aggregate skill requirements of the Industry
• Creation of skill database
• Identification of changing technologies in the sector and collation of technology/product specific skills
• Collation and dissemination ofLabour Market Information (LMI)
• Regulation of the skill development activities

Operationalizing Sector Skill Development Plan:
The Sector Skills Council would serve as a nodal / apex body for developing and regulating skills in the handicrafts and carpet sector. The HCSSC will be responsible for meeting the human resource requirement of the entire value chain of the handicrafts and carpets industry. To ensure that the human resource pool size as well as quality meets the growing & evolving demands of the Industry, the following tasks are envisioned:
• Research and aggregate skill requirements including segments' requirements, regional requirements and international trends and best practices that can be introduced in the domestic skill development space.
• Create skill database of the current and future skill requirements, both in terms of numbers as well as types of skills and identifying the underlying reasons for skill gaps. The database would include skill gap identification for the organized as wellunorganized sector.
• Identify changing technologies in the sector and collate technology specific skills which are currently required or may be required in future. Besides technical skills, list out soft skill requirements in terms of content, depth of coverage required and practical training requirement etc. and lead the drive to boost skill development to improve productivity, growth & employment.
• Collate and disseminate labour market information with respect to number of people both for the organized as well unorganized sector, getting direct and indirect employment in various areas of the industry.
• Regulate skill development activities in the industry including development of National Occupational Standards and qualifications. The NOS would also be prepared both for the organized as well unorganized sector. It will collaborate with the industry to map typical job profiles, develop the occupational and competency standards for each of the job profiles / roles in the industry, and the career path for all role holders. • Build Capacity for training delivery by directly influencing the planning & funding of education & training across India and working within the distinctive arrangements in each nation. Help in developing training curriculum and assessment criteria, identify institutes that would partner for training and train the trainers.

Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts (EPCH)
• EPCH is a representative body of handicraft exporters and has successfully projected India's image abroad as a reliable supplier of high quality handicraft goods & services and has ensured various measures keeping in view, international standards and specifications. • EPCH works closely with the government on policy issues, enhancing efficiency, competitiveness and expanding business opportunities for the industry through a range of specialized services and global linkages.

• EPCH provides commercially useful information and assistance to members in developing and increasing exports; offers professional advice and services to members in areas of technology up gradation, quality & design improvement, standards & specifications, product development, innovations, etc. It also provides a platform for sector specific consensus building and networking.

• Recognizing that Skill Development is an important imperative for achieving India's ambitious growth targets, EPCH is committed towards working with the stakeholders, especially the industry, government and academia, to create sustainable and scalable skill propositions which will benefit the youth of the country from all sections of society.

Carpets Export Promotion Council
• Carpets Export Promotion Council (CEPC) has been constituted under the chairmanship of Minister of Textiles to promote export of hand-knotted rugs and all other types and styles of floor coverings from India. The Council interacts with the Government on various aspects of product development and export promotion measures to help the sector put forth their issues to the government. CEPC's membership is comprised of senior trade representatives and government officials, who provide invaluable service and expertise to the organization.

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