Recognizing the magnitude of the challenge at hand, a new National Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Policy, 2015 has been formulated which supersedes the policy of 2009 and seeks “To create an ecosystem of empowerment by skilling on a large scale at speed with high standards so as to ensure sustainable livelihoods for all citizens and to place India in the country of front ranking entrepreneurial and innovative nations.”
Himachal Pradesh has started its journey of economic development to emerge as a model of development of hill States in the country and also as a pioneer in the various field of development. The State has made tremendous progress in industries, power, horticulture, agriculture and allied activities due to continuous investment which has drastically changed the socio-economic indicators of the State.
Keeping in view the overall growth dynamics of the State, Government of Himachal Pradesh has taken up an exercise on the formulation of Action plan on Skill Development for 12th Plan (2012–17 and 2017–22). The State Government has fixed the targets under Skill Development activities according to the targets fixed by Government of India, as 4, 55,000 for 2012–17 and 5, 15,000 for 2017–22 as per the following details:
Skill Development Targets for Himachal Pradesh
Demand for Human Resource due to new jobs created (lakhs)
Gross addition to working age population supply (lakhs)
Gross addition to labour force supply (lakhs)
Addition to labour force supply (lakhs)
Gap between demand and net supply (lakhs)
To achieve the above target, Government of Himachal Pradesh is steadfastly introducing a mechanism to institutionalize the efforts of Skill Development in the State and therefore has decided to formulate a Skill Development Policy to provide a direction to its efforts.