Port Wings News Network:
In collaboration with Logistics Sector Skill Council (LSC), Delhi Customs Brokers Association (DCBA) in its endeavor of skilling the Exim executives of offices and fields pertaining to Customs Broking business organised an eight-hour long training programme at Delhi Cargo Service Center (DCSC) building on 19 January 2020.
The training session was attended by seventy eight executives as trainees of different CB companies apart from office bearers and EC members of DCBA. Also present on this 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.
Started with brief introductory addresses from Mr Ramakrishna and Mr Ramanujam, Mr Shah delivered special address to explicitly deliberate on rapid/ongoing and forthcoming changes of CB business. He emphasized on recognition to formal training and hands-on experiences. He also underscored the methodology to interact with 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 maintained.
The Government of India’s objective of this 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 which organised this programme in a very short notice.
On receiving feedbacks from the industry Mr Ramanujam informed that the Prior Learning Programme will be fine-tuned as per requirements of CBs especially to cope with ongoing digitization drive of the Government of India. “All associations should quickly recognize the importance of Prior Learning Programme to benefit their member companies,” he maintained. LSC is planning to cover more than 7000 CBs/companies across India in 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 exhibited 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 emphasized with examples. There was also a small display of communication, without speaking a word. Significantly, there were five women participants who engaged themselves in discussions and had many queries about the logistics business/operation.