Himachal Pradesh Kaushal Vikas Nigam established by the State Government (HPKVN) is an umbrella body for implementation and coordination of skill activities across the state. It is improving employability of the youth of the state through quality skill trainings.
Nigam's main objectives is to consolidate technical, vocational education and trainings (TVET), development of quality skill training infrastructure, demand driven skill training for youth of the state and to provide 100 percent cost free training to the Himachali youth. To save youth generation from the catastrophe of unemployment Himachal Pradesh Kaushal Vikas Nigam is proving itself a boon for the youth of the state and has been phenomenal with it's people centric framework.
HPKVN is contributing to skill framework by imparting short, medium and long term skill training through training centers across the state. Nigam also facilitates industry linkages for better job placement support. HPKVN also monitors and evaluates training outcomes for quality training outcomes, KVN is developing state of art training centers and organizing skill melas and competitions for wider stakeholder engagements.
Himachal Pradesh Kaushal Vikas Nigam is providing training through various offerings. So far 18,409 candidates have got enrolled in short term trainings and out of which 8010 candidates have got certified. Bachelor of Vocation is a three year degree programme in collaboration with department of Higher Education where the trainings are being provided in retail, tourism and hospitality. In this course so far 2755 candidates have been enrolled and 576 candidates got certified.
Its Graduate Add On Programme provides opportunity for acquiring domain and employability skills for final year graduating students in more than 25 Government Degree Colleges across the state where nationally recognized NSQF certificate is being provided to all the successful candidates. So far 2216 candidates enrolled themselves and 1851 candidates have been certified in this course.
Any person who is not enrolled in ITI can join HPKVN sponsored short term training in ITIs. It provides free of cost NSQF aligned short term 3 to 6 months training in 38 Government ITIs across the state. Trainings under ITIs are optimized for upskilling, multiskilling and enhanced employability of students. So far 5876 students enrolled themselves and 2117 students got certified under it.
HPKVN is also implementing Centrally Sponsored and State Managed Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojna (PMKVY) in the state where skill training in multiple job oriented sectors have been provided to the youth. It also provides placement assistance to the certified candidates.
Apparels, electronics and hardware, beauty and wellness, healthcare, tourism and hospitality are top performing sectors under PMKVY. Recognition of prior learning is a 12-80 hours training programme where HPKVN provides recognition and certification of skilled and semi skilled workers in existing workforce. It also provides wage compensation to trainees.
HPKVN has also taken many initiatives during Covid-19. The Government launched an online ‘Skill Register’ portal on 1st June, 2020 to create database of migrant workforce, who had returned to the state during the lock-down due to Covid pandemic and needed employment. HPKVN initiated an Industry Connect outreach exercise and shortlisted the candidates from data generated from the ‘Skill Register’ and offered related jobs.
For the purpose of skill development of the differently-able people of the state, Himachal Pradesh Kaushal Vikas Nigam is also running a special campaign "Navdharna" through which the differently-able people of the state will be given employment oriented training in the field of tourism and hospitality sectors.