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Economic Survey 2021 | Vocational courses to be rolled out for skill development of school students

The Survey for the financial year ending March said merely 2.4 percent of India’s workforce in the age group of 15-59 years have received formal vocational or technical training, while another 8.9 percent obtained training through informal sources.

January 29, 2021 / 06:12 PM IST

Vocational courses will be introduced phase-wise in schools for classes 9 to 12 to expose students to skill development avenues, as part of the Centre’s flagship skilling scheme Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana 3.0, according to the Economic Survey 2020-21 tabled in Parliament on Friday.

The Survey for the financial year ending March said merely 2.4 percent of India’s workforce in the age group of 15-59 years have received formal vocational or technical training, while another 8.9 percent obtained training through informal sources.

"Out of the 8.9 percent workforce who received non-formal training, the largest chunk is contributed by on-the-job training (3.3 percent), followed by self-learning (2.5 percent) and hereditary sources (2.1 percent) and other sources (1 percent),” the survey stated.