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FDDI has trained more than 5,35,266 youths till March 2017 under PLSDP Programme

In continuation to 11th Five Year Plan Footwear Design & Development Institute (FDDI) is implementing “Placement Linked Skill Development Programme (PLSDP) under the XIIth Five Year Plan of the Government of India in association with Department for Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP).


The training programmes were conducted at various operators training centers such as Agra, Kanpur, Bareilly, Delhi/NCR, Kolkata, Ranipet, Chandigarh, Maharastra, Bihar & various other parts of the country. To provide the training programme at doorstep of unemployed youth, 96 centers/sub-centers were also established in the remote areas &, the training programmes were also carried out at the places provided by the factory owners, shoe organizations & other onsite locations.


The training was provided in footwear manufacturing especially in the areas of closing & cutting. Normally the training programme started in the first week of the month & it continued up to second week of the next months. The whole programme was for 6 weeks, the first 4 weeks training was given in the operator training center & the next 2 weeks practical training was given in the factory where the trainee was placed for employment.


Till 31st March 2017, FDDI has trained 5,35,266 trainees & placed 4,30,928 candidates in various Footwear Industries across the country. Year wise distribution of trainees is given here under:

S. No.


No. of trainees

No. of trainees placed


11th Five Year Plan




12th Five Year Plan (2012-13)




12th Five Year Plan (2013-14)




12th Five Year Plan (2014-15)

1,38,003 1,12,648


12th Five Year Plan (2015-16, up to 31st March 2016 out of the target of 144000 trainees)



6. 12th Five Year Plan (2016-17, up to March 2017) against the target of 1.44 lacs trainees 1,45,164 1,16,772



5, 35,266


The efforts to increase the availability of skilled manpower is of crucial significance as the growing skill manpower shortage is posing constraints for utilizing the full growth potential of the Indian Leather industry and the FDDI is leaving no stone unturned as far as the growth of the footwear and leather products industries industry is concerned.
Operator Training Center -Kanpur
Training at TATA International Dewas
Operator Training Center Agra
HRD Training at Good Leather Shoes, Chennai
Operator Training Center -Kanpur

FDDI is implementing the PLSDP through establishment of Training centers at Agra, Kanpur, Bareilly, Delhi/NCR, Kolkata, Ranipet, Maharastra, Bihar, Chandigarh & various on-site location at the factory premises, where unemployed youths belonging from the economically weaker section of the society are being selected, trained and provided assistance to get employment in the footwear industry at the shop floor level operations.

FDDI has already provided trained, manpower to renowned footwear companies such as M/s. Prime Shoes Chennai, M/s. N. M. Zackriah & Company, Ambur, M/s. Dawar Shoes Agra, M/S. Arvind Footwear Kanpur, M/s. Rohit Surftrants Kanpur, M/s. Tej Shoes Agra, M/s. SSIPL Ltd., Sonepat, M/s. Super House, Unnao, M/s. Florence Shoes Co. Pvt. Ltd., Ambur, M/s. Leeyan Overseas, Kanpur, M/s. Tata International, Dewas, M/s. Zermatt Shoes, Ambur, M/s. Sarup Tanneries Ltd., Unnao, M/s. Tej Shoes Agra, M/S. Zeta Shoes, Rewari, Haryana, M/s. Good Leather Shoes, M/s. Oscar Leather Mohali, etc. The requirement to train the workers from other companies is also coming.


Scope of the Training

The scope of the training program has been improved in quality and the increase in productivity with use of modern techniques, tool standardization, designs and methods. The areas of specialization of the training were mainly Cutting, Closing, Lasting and Finishing
The course curriculum of this training is as follows:

Cutting- Tin Pattern Making, Hand Cutting, Machine Cutting, Leather Inspection, Quality region of Hide and Side leather, Part of shoe, how to cut leather with quality- leather manipulation.
Closing- Types of Needles, Threads, Relation between thread and needle, Different types of stitching machines, Different types of stitching operations (seams), Upper making & minor machine maintenance.


Training Material(s) provided

Relevant information in the form of booklet, use of machineries & Printed Manuals (the art of self learning) of FDDI, facilities of training center etc. were provided during the training program to the trainees.

The distribution of the knowledge was through the demonstration, organization of the group-based learning & through the visual presentation of the correct methods.

Objective of the Skill Development programme

The program has been formulated keeping in view the following major objectives:

  • Imparting basic skills on shop floor operations to unemployed youth through a demand driven Skill-Development Program.
  • Creation of adequate trained manpower to cope up with the requirement of Footwear/Leather industry.
  • Spread and sustain a technology and per person productivity culture in the Indian leather sector.
Trade in which the skills are proposed to be imparted
  • Basic Clicking Operator Course
  • Basic Stitching Operator Course
The details of the courses are given as under:
S. No. Course Duration Eligibility No. of seats/batch
1 Basic Cutting Operator Course 04 weeks 18 years and have an ability to read and write 30
2 Basic Closing Operator Course 04 weeks 18 years and have an ability to read and write 30
Based on the need more Industry specific courses in the area of Lasting, Finishing, Costing, Quality checking, Leather grading & Sorting, Repairing, Multi-skilling etc. will be provided as on-site services to the industry.
Eligibility Criteria

Following parameters will applicable in order to take the benefit of the program by the candidate:

  • The candidate shall have attended the age of 18yrs. at the time of joining the program having sound mind.
  • The candidate should have reading &writing capability, & aptitude for the training.
  • The candidate shall be unemployed at the time of joining the programme.
  • The participating industry can also select their own candidate meeting the above-mentioned criterion in consultation with the selection board. However under such condition the candidate after successful completion of the training has to join the sponsoring organization & will not be eligible for the open placement.
Selection of the Trainees

Selection of the trainees will be done through a screening committee, especially designed for the purpose and having the following members:

  • Center In charge of the respective training center
  • Representative of the local district administration.
  • Representative of the local industry
  • Representative from Department for Industrial Policy and Promotion, GoI

The assessment of the participant will be based upon the following:

  • The participant shall maintain a minimum attendance of 85% percent during the program.
  • Successful completion of the all units designed in the program.
  • The minimum level of grade shall be 60% in all the units for qualification.
Certification and Placement of the Trainees
  • Upon the successful completion of the training program the candidate will be awarded with the certificate of achievement.
  • The details of the successful trainees will also be displayed at the website, along with their individual details.
  • Upon completion of the course the trainees will be placed in the footwear and leather industries of the vicinity, in association with the entrepreneurs industrialists of the sector.

Benefits of the programme

The training program prepared for the youths, to help them to acquire skill & knowledge in the shoe making process

During the training period the youths were exposed to the training facilities at the centers as well as in the industry. Trainees were informed about the international sizing and fitting standards. The youths gained knowledge on various sizing systems; it's conversion of one system to another, optimization in cutting of leather, on designing, on finishing, and ascertaining product prices with rationalized ways of costing.

Youths were very enthusiastic about the training. Handouts contains different aspects of footwear design, needle & its parts, different types of stitching machines, different types of stitching operations, leather & its parts (quality reasons), different types of lay outs were provided to the trainees. The handouts were specially prepared in Hindi with pictorial representation.

All the successful candidates are awarded certificates of achievements upon the completion of the training program.

The overall training has resulted in:
• Improvement in the work practice.
• Use of hand cutting method with the help of tin pattern leading to the saving of material.
• Improvement in the quality of design & pattern cutting.
• Improvement in the area of lasting & finishing process.
• Knowledge enhancement about newer methods.
• Trouble shooting in the manufacturing processes.
• Employment generation


FDDI's efforts in creating fresh & unemployed youths as skilled work force through an intensive training programme has been a great success and applauded at various forums as the most innovative and effective approach of implementation of any of the scheme carried out so far.

Venue of the Training
The training will be provided through established training centers being set-up by FDDI in the major footwear and leather clusters of Kanpur & Agra in the initial phase. Apart from it, on site training will be provided for those industries that select their own trainees for general and specific training purposes.
For details, please contact:

Chandigarh Center

Mr. Ghanshyam Joshi
Centre In-charge
Placement Linked Skill Development Programme

Footwear Design & Development Inst.
Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Govt. of India
Khalsa Complex, Ambala-Chandigarh Highway,
New Adarsh Nagar, Opposite State Bank of Patiala,
Derabassi, Mohali, P.B. 140607
Mob: 9041103344, 9319719988

Kolkata Center

Mr. Satya Prakash Pandey
Footwear Design & Development Institute

BIWI Wright
Near Ghatakpukur
24 South Paragana
Pin- 743502

Kanpur Center

Mr. Jitender Gupta
Footwear Design & Development Institute

Leather Technology Park

Dist - Unnao (UP), India
Pin: 209801
Ph.- 9935496265

Ranipeth Center

Center Incharge: Mr. Karan Singh
Address: Footwear Design & Development Institute
Plot No-119, SIDCO Industrial Estate,
Ranipet, Tamilnadu,




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