Urban Company and National Skill Development Corporation enter into a partnership on
World Youth Skills Day
The MOU recognizes Urban Company as a key strategic partner of the Skill India mission and will boost efforts to mobilize, train and certify service professionals across India.
National, July 15, 2019: On World Youth Skills Day, National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) and Urban Company enter into a partnership to collaborate for the mobilization, training and certification of service professionals across India. The MoU signed between the two organisations also recognize Urban Company as a key strategic partner of the Skill India mission.
As a part of the MOU, NSDC will support Urban Company to become a 100 % Skill India certified organization under RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning) component of Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY). Urban Company will also create micro-entrepreneurship opportunities for candidates already certified under PMKVY 2.0 and additionally train 30,000 new partners over next one year under short term skilling and upskilling programs.
Urban Company currently has more than 20,000 Individual Service Professionals (ISPs) working with the platform as micro-entrepreneurs across various services such as beauty (salon), spa, cleaning, plumbing, carpentry, appliance servicing & repair, painting etc. With these 20,000 partners Urban Company services close to a million customers every month across 10 cities in India.
Commenting on the partnership, Abhiraj Singh Bhal, Co- founder, Urban Company said, “Urban Company is committed to the vision of creating 1 million plus successful micro-entrepreneurs for India and contribute to the Skill India mission. Our association with NSDC will give this mission a boost and will enhance our capabilities in on-boarding and training new service partners.”
Speaking on the partnership, Manish Kumar, MD & CEO, NSDC said, “As our cities grow smarter, the demand for professional services will increase further. This presents a huge opportunity for skilled workforce at all levels. Platforms like Urban Company are a great example of e-market place which can support sustainable livelihood. Our partnership with Urban Company will provide newer opportunities to our youth and I am certain that this will benefit both the candidates and industry at large.”
NSDC, under the aegis of Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, is an implementing agency for several flagship programs under the Government of India i.e. Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY), Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Kendra (PMKK), National Apprenticeship Promotion Scheme (NAPS) among others. It also catalyses international training and employment opportunities for Indian youth, through private sector collaboration.
Early this year, interim Finance Minister Piyush Goyal had said that creating job opportunities via skilling is a key part of the government’s agenda and 20 million “employment opportunities” are to be added over the next two years. Urban Company, with its training and upskilling programs is at the forefront in creating these jobs in India. The company foresees that in the next 4-5 years the market is going to run out of skilled supply and thus, itself contributes as a huge training player in the Indian economy.
With a vision to organize the services ecosystem and building a community of skilled professionals, Urban Company today is home to approximately 20,000 trained professionals who earn a better livelihood through the platform. Within the next 5 years, the company is committed to expand it platform to 1 million+ service professionals and believe that candidates trained under Skill India mission will play a critical role in achieving this objective.
NSDC is one of its kind public-private-partnership which catalyses creation of large, quality and for-profit vocational training institutes across the country. Under the aegis of Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, NSDC has partnered 400+ training providers and 38 Sector Skill Councils who are operating 10,000+ training centres across 600+ districts in India. Since 2010, NSDC has trained more than 15 million people across 40 sectors, including persons-with-disability and those living in difficult geographies.
For more information visit: www.nsdcindia.org
About Urban Company
Founded in Nov 2014, Urban Company is India and the UAE’s largest home services company. The company offers services such as beauty and spa at home, cleaning, plumbing, carpentry, appliance repair, painting etc. through its mobile app and website. It operates in 10 cities in India (including Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chandigarh, Chennai, Delhi NCR, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kolkata, Mumbai, Pune) and Dubai. At the backend, Urban Company partners very closely with over 20,000 hand-picked service professionals. It provides these professionals with tools, training, uniforms, financing, insurance, bank accounts and products/consumables. This full-stack approach helps the company control the end-users experience and live up to its promise of delivering delightful services at home.
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