“Today, Indian leather industry is all set to achieve excellence and face international competition with confidence and consistent quality. Last few years have seen remarkable development in capacity building through skill-based training that aligns with the needs of the industry. We have benchmarked the training curriculum at the global level by developing Qualification Packs (QPs) and National Occupational Standard (NOS) that comply with National Skills Qualification Framework – NSQF. This is a significant step towards preparing our workforce to be industry-ready, by meeting productivity and quality parameters for each job role.
With the comprehensive skilling platform in place, we have to aim for achieving excellence by following best practices from across the world, to compete globally. Other challenges like increasing imports in footwear segment to cater to domestic markets and lack of productivity focus can be tackled by engaging apprentices and creating a pipeline of skilled youth. Another important aspect pertains to training women and empowering them to work from their homes in various clusters. The need of the hour is to strive for quality and excellence in whatever we do, to strengthen the industry in meeting the requirements of the international market and fulfill the needs of fast-growing domestic market.”