Skill India to train more than 3 Lakh security guards with support from 17 Security Guard Agencies in India


• MoU signed on the sidelines of the sixth edition of Private Security Industry Conclave (PSIC) 2018
• Private Security sector is expected grow at 20% over the next few years, to become aINR 80,000 crore industry by 2020.

History was created during the ‘Private Security Industry Conclave (PSIC), organized by FICCI recently, when as many as 17 security guard agencies came forward and together committed to training over 3,00,000 security guards under the government’s ‘Recognition of Prior Learning’ (RPL) scheme in the first go. MDs and CEOs of companies such as SIS, G4S, Peregrine, Checkmate, NISA, SMS Security, Orion, Terrier, Raxa-GMR etc. inked MoUs with the Management and Entrepreneurship & Professional Skills Council (MEPSC).

RPL is a platform to provide recognition to the informal learning or learning through work to get equal acceptance as the formal levels of education. The RPL process would include a pre-assessment, skill gap training and final assessment leading to certification of existing skills in an individual.The RPL certification would be at par with the certifications following various skill trainings in the country.

Today, the private security industry in India employs 8.5 million people. The police services employ only 2.2 million people. This tells a story of opportunity to create a professionally equipped and trained security force that can stand up to the best in the world.

Speaking at the conclave, Shri Dharmendra Pradhan, Hon’ble Minister of Petroleum & Natural Gas; Skill Development and Entrepreneurshipsaid, “Skilling is an absolute imperative for the private security sector, which has offered an attractive employment option to the youth, especially from rural India. With increase in businesses, retail outlets and other public places, the Indian private security services industry is expected to grow at a fast pace. One of the consistent endeavor of my ministry is to prepare the youth industry ready through RPL and other short-term skilling programs. The standards are developed in such a manner that it emphasis not only on the soft skills and technical elements but overall holistic development of the individual so that the individual can meet any future requirements.”

“Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) is committed to take this sector to the next level with due support from skill development trainings and we look forward to collaborations from private players to bring in market relevant best practices,” he further added.

Addressing a gathering of around 300 industry leaders Mr. Dharmendra Pradhan said that industry must partner with the government in skılling, reskilling and upskilling of the workforce in order to meet the challenges of new RPL 4.o (Recognition of Prior Learning)

Industry reports and surveys depicts incremental demand of manpower in the security sector by 2022 will be over 12 million. The introduction of the Private Security Agencies (Regulation) Act, 2005 has led more private agencies to adopt in-house training practices such as G4S, SIS and many others. There is a considerable demand of security personnel scattered across hotels, malls, restaurants, residential areas, and other public places. The sector is also in the midst of a paradigm shift where technology is playing a key role in industry development.

Over 1.30 Lakh students have been trained and a significant 75% certified under Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY) under the Security Sector Skill Council. Given the importance of public-private partnership in driving the modern economy, industry plays a crucial role in ensuring employability. With this MoU in place, industry committed to train and certify 3.17 Lakh security personnel under RPL in security sector.

Under RPL Best in Class Employer, the total target allocated is approx. 30 Lakhs candidates. More than 10% of the target shall be assigned specifically to the security sector which will be accomplished by large private companies are available among us.