After launching the Digital India programme in a massive scale, Prime Minister Narendra Modi yesterday announced the launch of National Career Service (NCS) Portal to be implemented by the Ministry of Labour and Employment. Modi stressed on the need for developing family bond like relations between employee and employer. He believes that this will not only strengthen economy of the country but will also ensure wellbeing of both entrepreneurs and workers. He said,
Change is a symptom of a vibrant system. The line dividing the welfare of an industry and an industrialist; the welfare of the nation and the government and the welfare of labourers and trade unions is very delicate and needs to be treaded carefully.
Who'll benefit from NCS
- Unemployed candidates seeking jobs
- Students seeking career counselling
- Candidates seeking vocational / occupational guidance
- Illiterate, under-privileged sections of society, blue-collar workers seeking placements and guidance
- Person with different abilities (PWDs), ex-servicemen, veterans / senior citizens, etc.
- Employers seeking suitable candidates
National Employment Service National Career Service
National Employment Service comprising a network of 978 Employment Exchanges will be tranformed into National Career Service (NCS) by leveraging information technology to improve the delivery of services. The previous system required job seekers to physically visit the Employment Exchanges for registration, verify their records and wait for opportunities to come. Similarly, the employers had to visit Employment Exchanges for posting job vacancies and obtaining a list of eligible candidates with little flexibility. Thus both jobseekers and employers were unsatisfied.
Taking jobs online
The NCS portal provides a nation-wide online platform for jobseekers and employers for job matching in a dynamic, efficient and responsive manner.
- The NCS will make available a rich repository of career content on over 3000 occupations across 53 sectors.
- The services under NCS are available online and can be accessed directly, through career centres, Common Service Centres, mobile devices, cyber cafes etc.
- The NCS Portal will facilitate organisation of job fairs where both employers and job seekers can interact. A dedicated helpdesk (multi-lingual) is also available from Tuesday to Sunday on 1800-425-1514 for assisting users.
The Government has also approved the establishment of 37 Model Career Centres which will be functional this year. The NCS will establish a network of career counsellors where the career centres will become the hub of career counselling in their area. The portal will offer a variety of other services like information on skill development courses, apprenticeship, internship, career counselling, etc.
NCS portal – where do we stand today
- All registrations are Aadhaar based, with national portability.
- Data for over 2 crore jobseekers registered with state employment exchanges are on the NCS portal. They can activate their accounts using Aadhaar.
- Over 9 lakh establishments having Labour Identification Number (LIN) are on the NCS portal and they can post their vacancies.
- All 978 employment exchanges have been given user IDs and passwords for activating their accounts.
- States have been requested to publicize usage of the of the NCS portal for posting vacancies and job matching.
- Several states (Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Manipur, Telangana) having employment exchange data in a database have integrated with the NCS portal. Remaining states having manual systems can directly log on for new registrations.
- Information on courses of over 11,000 ITIs and 12,000 VTPs is available.
- Over 14 lakh students from Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) and 11 lakh from Vocational Training Providers are linked to the NCS. These candidates have been invited to join the NCS through SMS to activate their accounts.
- Integration with CBSE database for verification of candidate academic performance.
- Integration with PAN/TAN database for authentication of employers.
- Capacity building of Career Centre (Employment Exchange) officers.
- Development of assessment tools for aptitude and interest assessment for the candidates.
- Series of workshops to engage with industry, industry associations, Governmental departments and undertakings for posting vacancies.
Prime Minister suggested industrialists to contribute to Skill India by providing on job training to youth and promoting innovation and innovator. He added,
It is essential for Indian society to develop a consciousness towards ‘dignity of labour’.