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DCBA hosts first ever training under LSC in Delhi; 78 trainees to receive RPL certificates


In collaboration with the Logistics Sector Skill Council (LSC), Delhi Customs Brokers Association (DCBA), in its endeavour to skill ex-im executives of fields pertaining to the Customs Broking business, organised an eight-hour training programme at Delhi Cargo Service Centre (DCSC) building on January 19, 2020. The training session was attended by 78 executives as trainees of different CB companies, apart from office-bearers and EC members of DCBA. Also present on the occasion were Capt. TS Ramanujam, CEO, LSC; Mr S. Ramakrishna, President DCBA and Immediate Past Chairman, FFFAI; Mr PS Atree, Immediate Past President, DCBA and Vice Chairman, FFFAI, and Mr Samir Shah, Partner, JBS Academy and Past Chairman, FFFAI, as special guest to interact with the trainees and participants. 


The training session was conducted by Mr Ravikanth Yamarthy, COO, LSC; Mr Shyamsundar CK, Director M&S, Denken Global Supply Chain, and Mr Suresh Kuttan, who were the Master Trainers under LSC.


It started with brief introductory addresses from Mr Ramakrishna and Mr Ramanujam, and Mr Shah delivered a special address to explicitly deliberate on rapid/ongoing and forthcoming changes in the CB business. He emphasised on recognition to formal training and hands-on experience. He also underscored the methodology to interact with the authorities concerned. “Skilling needs recognition. Measuring educational certification as proof of ability is no longer true. Many work all their lives, pick up many skills, are thoroughly experienced and able to perform very well. However, they are still judged by their educational certifications only,” Mr Shah pointed out. According to him, RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning) is a great initiative of the government of India. “Besides helping staff having certificate commensurate their ability, it will also work towards lifting the respectability of the sector,” he said.


The government of India’s objective in the Skill Certification Scheme is to enable a large number of Indian youth to take up industry-relevant skill training that will help them in securing a better livelihood. A component for assessment and certification of individuals with prior learning experience or skills has also been introduced under RPL component of the scheme. 


“The programme, like today’s one, on ‘Recognition to Prior Learning’ is being undertaken by industry associations for their members for re-skilling and up-skilling of their member companies’ staff. This logistics sector is an informal sector, no specific qualification has been mandated to enter this sector, and anybody can join with any qualification. Now onwards, these candidates will be recognised by virtue of their work experience under certifications. Government of India has mandated LSC to provide training and certificate to these candidates. The certificate will be treated as valid document pan-India and abroad for seeking jobs in logistics sector,” said Mr Ramanujam. He commended DCBA for organising the programme on very short notice. 


On receiving feedback from the industry, Mr Ramanujam informed that the Prior Learning Programme will be fine-tuned as per requirements of CBs especially to cope with the ongoing digitisation drive of the government of India. “All associations should quickly recognise the importance of Prior Learning Programme to benefit their member companies,” he said. LSC is planning to cover more than 7,000 CBs/companies across India in the ensuing months. 


After training and passing out tests as per National Skills Qualification Framework (NSQF), successful candidates will be provided certificates which will be available with Digilocker of the Ministry of Skill Development portal. 


Through their excellence, Mr Yamarthy, Mr Shyamsundar and Mr Kuttan put forth a fantastic display of knowledge and engaged each and every executive in discussions. There were varied subjects discussed among which, primarily, the skill of communication, transparency and disseminating information correctly to the clients were emphasised with examples. There was also a small display on communication, without speaking a word! Significantly, there were five women participants who engaged in discussions and had many queries about the logistics business/operation.

 

Source : Exim News Service - New Delhi, Jan. 23

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