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FDDI trains more than 10,000 youths till March 2011 under PLSDP Programme

The 'Placement Linked Skill Development Programme' (PLSDP) under the 11th Five Year Plan of the Government of India is being efficiently implemented by Footwear Design & Development Institute (FDDI) in association with Department for Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP).


FDDI is implementing the PLSDP through establishment of training centers at Kanpur, Agra FDDI Sub centers at Chennai, Bangalore & Mumbai and at various on-site locations across the country 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 plans to train 12960 unemployed youths in a span of three years. PLSDP tries to resolve one the major problems of the Indian leather and footwear industry i.e. the shortage of trained manpower at the operator level.


In the period ending March 31,2011, FDDI has trained 10,609 fresh & unemployed youths under the Placement Linked Skill Development Programme. The trainees were also provided assistance for getting gainful employment in shop-floor operations in various footwear industries. Out of the total trainees, around 80 % (8445 youths) were provided gainful employment in the footwear industries across the country

Out of the total trainees, 49% of the trainees belong to the SC/ST background, 20% of the trainees belong to the OBC background, 13% of the trainees belonged to minorities (Muslims & Christians) background and the rest 18 % of the trainees belong to the general category. Regarding the male-female ratio, approximate 16% of the total trainees are females.

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.
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FDDI has already provided trained manpower to some of the renowned footwear companies such as M/s. Tata International, Dewas, M/s Sant Rubbers, M/s. N. M. Zackriah & Company, Ambur, M/s Arvind Footwear Kanpur, M/s RohitSurftants Kanpur, M/s Tej Shoes Agra, M/s. Zeta Shoes, Rewari, Haryana, M/s. SSIPL Ltd Sonepat, M/s Genesis International Kashipur, M/s. Dawar Shoes Agra, M/s. Oscar Leathers Mohali, M/s. Super House, Unnao, M/s. Florence Shoe Co. Pvt. Ltd., Ambur, M/s. Leeyan Overseas Kanpur, M/s. Prime Shoes Chennai., M/s. Zermatt Shoes Ambur, M/s Sarup Tanneries Ltd Una, M/s. Tej Shoes Agra, M/s Good Leather Shoes & requirements are coming from other companies too for conducting the same.
FDDI launches the Placement Linked Skill Development Programme under HRD Mission of DIPP, Ministry of Commerce & Industry, GoI
FDDI is association with Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), Ministry of Commerce & Industry, GoI has launched a unique programme of Placement Linked skill Development Programme under HRD Mission Scheme of the Eleventh Five Year Plan for the Indian leather and footwear sector. The main objective of the programme is to impart basic skills on shop floor operations to unemployed youth through a demand driven Skill-Development Program and subsequently helping them to find gainful employment in the associated industries.
Background / Introduction
Leather industry occupies a place of prominence in the Indian economy in view of its massive potential for employment, growth and exports. In volume terms, the annual production of leather in India is approximately 2 billion square feet and the country meets roughly 10% of the global leather requirement.
The leather-based products industry comprises of the following segments:
  • Leather and Non Leather Footwear
  • Footwear Components (shoe uppers, soles, etc)
  • Leather Garments
  • Leather Goods (harness and saddlery, leather gloves, bags, purses, wallets, etc)
According to estimates by the NMCC, the industry size is approximately Rs. 250 billion (USD 4 billion) accounting for 0.7% of GDP and employs around 2.5 million (30% women) people. Over the years the leather industry in India has moved from export of raw hides to high value-added exports of semi finished and finished leather and leather products. The introduction of policy of promoting export of value added products resulted in emergence of factories to produce footwear and other leather goods in different parts of the country. As a result, India's leather export basket has seen an important change with the proportion of leather products increasing sharply.
India’s export of leather and leather products for five years:
(Value in Million US$)
Finished Leather
Leather Garments
Leather Goods
Saddlery & Harness
% Growth
Source: DGCI&S
Salient features of the Indian leather and footwear industry:
  • Exports of Footwear and leather industry have been registering a steady growth of 10.39 %.
  • Export projection of CLE for the year 2010-11 ids projected at US$ 6980.21 Million.
  • Projected manpower requirement across all levels is estimated at 3.78 Million (2010-11).
  • Severe shortage of trained manpower in the footwear and leather industry across all levels. This is more acute at the shop floor level, which holds significant proportion of the workforce engaged in the industry.
  • Major chunk of workforce comprises of the shop floor operators and workers with about 80% of the total composition.
Employment Pattern in Footwear and Leather Products Industry

As per the estimates, industry’s 2.5 million workforces – mostly belongs to the lower socio economic section of the society in the rural & semi urban areas.


Segment wise employment in Leather Industry:

The Footwear industry has potential to provide employment across all sections of the economy. An industry estimate of employment potential is about 3 lakh jobs in next 3 years.
Type of Manpower Percentage
Semi-skilled & Unskilled labourers 92%
Technical Supervisory, Shop floor 7%
Entrepreneurs, Senior Managers & Technologists. 1%
Estimated Manpower Requirements
The Murthy Committee had estimated the requirements based on the export target of 10% and 17 % of the global trade of the country by the years 2000 and 2010 respectively. An additional 916,277 persons comprising production managers, supervisors, shop floor workers, & machine operators, maintenance personnel, designers, pattern makers and other categories will be required to run the industry by 2010.

The tenth Five year plan estimated that if all the promotional aspect is being covered than the total demand for the manpower will be as follows:
New jobs (in lakhs)
Also, the additional requirement of skilled workers for meeting the export targets of CLE is estimated below:
Product Segment
April – March 2010-11
Projected Unit Value
Export Target USD Mn
Projected Volume
Volume Growth CAGR
Projected incremental manpower for exports alone
Leather (Sq Ft) 1.30 915.63 70,49,77,781 2% 20,000
Footwear (Pairs) 14.82 4526.05 30,54,63,038 24% 3,000,000
Garments 44.20 403.3 91,24,338 4% 10,000
Leather Goods 3.83 948.04 24,78,12,391 5% 44,000
Saddlery & Harness 9.22 187.19 2,03,02,153 14% 4,000
Total   6980.21     3,780,000
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.
Component of the Programme
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.
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:

Mr. Harish Kumar Pathak
Centre Incharge
FDDI Raebareli Centre,
1 Engineers Complex
In front Of Sheena Hometex
Sultanpur Road, Raebareli UP
Phone: 0535-2702511

Mob.: 08948263801

Mr. G Joshi
Center Incharge
FDDI Agra Center
6/1A/2A, Mauza Gailana
Agra Mathura Bypass Road,
Ph: 0562-2602049 Mobile : Mob.: 09457356321

Mr. Jitendra Gupta
Center Incharge
FDDI Kanpur Center
House No 270, Tiwaripur
Jajmau ( Kanpur- Lucknow Road), Kanpur
Ph : 0512-2400399,

Mob.: 09935496265

Related Information:
 Presentation on the Skill Development Scheme
 List of Trainees Under PLSDP March 2011
 List of Trainees Under PLSDP 2009-10
 List of Trainees Under PLSDP June 2010
 List of Trainees Under PLSDP November 2010



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