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Skill India partners with Airbnb to Upskill Hospitality Entrepreneurs

A tripartite MoU was signed between Tourism and Hospitality Sector Skill Council (THSC) and National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) with Airbnb, the world’s leading community-driven hospitality company.

The MoU was signed in line with Government’s endeavor to promote entreprenuership under Government’s Skill India Programme. It will also provide hospitality skills training to hospitality micro-entrepreneurs in India.

Features of MoU

The MoU aims to empower more citizens, including those in underserved areas and rural to join alternate accommodation sector and pursue new livelihood opportunities by sharing their homes. It will establish occupation standards and competency matrices for job roles and develop courses for hospitality entrepreneurs offering homestay and facilities and local experiences for travellers.

It will create standards for certification and accreditation as per requirements and global benchmarks of Tourism and Hospitality industry for hospitality entrepreneurs offering homestay facilities. It will set framework for long-term Council-Industry partnership and strengthen Skilled Labour Pool required by Tourism and Hospitality industry.

Significance

Through this partnership, Airbnb, NSDC and THSC will work together to create an accredited skill development module for hospitality entrepreneurs offering homestay facilities, unique accommodations and local experiences. Airbnb will support Skill India Mission by creating 50,000 hospitality entrepreneurs in India.

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NSDC, Google India launch mobile app development programme

The National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) and Google India have launched Android Skill Development programme to improve mobile developer ecosystem in the country.

The programme aims to impart mobile development training on the android OS and web platform and also improve the quality of mobile app development ecosystem in India.

Key Facts

Under the initiative, NSDC will introduce a specific course to create applications for the mobile platform that can be used on smartphones and tablets running on the Android OS. NSDC’s partner agencies will design and deliver 100-hour duration course outside the formal education system.

Under the programme, Google India and NSDC will work together to focus on up-skilling Android trainers. The programme will accelerate mobile skill training and create opportunities for youth in the country. It will focus on achieving the target of the Union Government’s ambitious Skill India initiative.

National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC)

The NSDC is a Public Private Partnership (PPP) under the Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship. Its objective is to create training capacity in the country; fund vocational training initiatives and create a market ecosystem for skill development. Its mandate is to train 150 million people by 2022.

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