The National Skill Certification and Monetary Reward Scheme, known as STAR (Standard Training Assessment and Reward),was operational between August 2013 and September 2014.
The 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.
Individuals with prior learning experience or skills will also be assessed and certified under Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Under this Scheme, Training and Assessment fees are completely paid by the Government. Envisages training of 10 million individuals in the next 4 years. [2016-2020]
- Includes NSQF [national skills qualifications framework] to ensure a standardized mode of training and certification across the country.
- Envisages skilling in a variety of fields such as manufacturing, construction, media services etc. through 3rd party partners from the private sector. This will also enable in placement of trained individuals in new jobs.
- Quarterly review of training imparted to ensure targets are met.
- The new version of the scheme will also include training people to work overseas including Europe and central Asia.
- People from the Northeast and Jammu and Kashmir and districts affected by Maoist violence will be encouraged to enlist for residential training
- The skill ministry will spend between 10% and 15% of the budget for creating a pool of workers for jobs created under programmes such as Make In India, Swachh Bharat and Digital India.
- A third party auditor for ensuring that targets are met will be set up to oversee the program as well.