Logistics Workforce Strategy
Logistics sector currently employs about 22 million people and growth of the sector depends on the quality and adequacy of its workforce, thereby making it important to invest in their skill development to ensure quality and efficiency in services Key Ministries like Ports, Shipping and Waterways and the Ministry of Civil Aviation have programmes for their area-specific training. The Ministry of Skill Development, through NSDC, Industry Associations and concerned SSCs, has initiated schemes like ‘Recognition of Prior Learning’ (RPL) and Apprenticeship to formalise and scale up its interventions but received less than satisfactory results. DDUGKY, Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY)-1 and 2 have further been promoted through various stakeholders.
With fast paced technological advancement in logistics, including innovations and developments in the cold supply chain, specialised warehousing, digitisation, use of artificial intelligence etc., it has become even more crucial that policy provides a clear direction towards building a cohesive ecosystem of skilling and training that is well equipped and efficient. While skill issues exist in varying degrees in all segments of logistics operations, policy also aims to focus on those segments where the gaps are widening at a relatively fast pace. The policy will drive solutions which will establish a globally recognised skilled manpower for the logistics sector.
The Logistics Division will coordinate with the Logistics Sector Skill Council (LSSC), academic and training ecosystem, stakeholders from related ministries, and the private sector to identify areas for skilling and competency enhancement within the 12 sub-sectors. This will be done by mainstreaming it in the formal education and training systems to create a pool of qualified people for the sector.