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"The handicrafts and carpet sector in the country is a decentralized sector of the Indian economy. About 10 million artisans are engaged with the sector spread over all regions of the country. Skill development in the Handicrafts and carpet Sector is not very well developed and is in the nascent stage with few programmes or support services are available on National or Cluster basis. The training provided by the individual enterprises is not necessarily recognized and is not in sync with the demands of doing business in today’s competitive environment. Given the un-organized and the rural nature of the sector, it is important that the skill is upgraded in a structured manner keeping in view the demand of handicrafts products in the International markets and also creating linkages with the manufacturers and exporters thereby providing employment opportunities. Skill Development has always been one of the top priorities and EPCH has been entrusted to form the Handicrafts and Carpet Sector Skill Council (HCSSC) to bridge the skill gap that is seriously affecting the handicrafts and carpet sector. The HCSSC has been formed aiming to provide skilling to over 20 lakh individuls in next 10 years. The purpose of creating Sector Skill Council is to aggregate the efforts of the Handicrafts Sector for work force development by inviting participation, feedback, inputs from all the key stakeholders. It also aims to set work force benchmark and improve overall production both in quality and in quantity in the Handicrafts and carpet sector. "
"The HCSSC shall be responsible for meeting the human resource requirementsin terms of shop floor workers and professionals for the entire value chain of the handicrafts and carpets industry. To ensure, the human resource pool size and the quality meets the growing and evolving demands of the Industry, the following tasks are envisaged: • Research and aggregate skill requirements of the Industry • Creation of skill database • Identification of changing technologies in the sector and collation of technology/product specific skills • Collation and dissemination ofLabour Market Information (LMI) • Regulation of the skill development activities Operationalizing Sector Skill Development Plan: The Sector Skills Council would serve as a nodal / apex body for developing and regulating skills in the handicrafts and carpet sector. The HCSSC will be responsible for meeting the human resource requirement of the entire value chain of the handicrafts and carpets industry. To ensure that the human resource pool size as well as quality meets the growing & evolving demands of the Industry, the following tasks are envisioned: • Research and aggregate skill requirements including segments’ requirements, regional requirements and international trends and best practices that can be introduced in the domestic skill development space. • Create skill database of the current and future skill requirements, both in terms of numbers as well as types of skills and identifying the underlying reasons for skill gaps. The database would include skill gap identification for the organized as wellunorganized sector. • Identify changing technologies in the sector and collate technology specific skills which are currently required or may be required in future. Besides technical skills, list out soft skill requirements in terms of content, depth of coverage required and practical training requirement etc. and lead the drive to boost skill development to improve productivity, growth & employment. • Collate and disseminate labour market information with respect to number of people both for the organized as well unorganized sector, getting direct and indirect employment in various areas of the industry. • Regulate skill development activities in the industry including development of National Occupational Standards and qualifications. The NOS would also be prepared both for the organized as well unorganized sector. It will collaborate with the industry to map typical job profiles, develop the occupational and competency standards for each of the job profiles / roles in the industry, and the career path for all role holders. • Build Capacity for training delivery by directly influencing the planning & funding of education & training across India and working within the distinctive arrangements in each nation. Help in developing training curriculum and assessment criteria, identify institutes that would partner for training and train the trainers. Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts (EPCH) • EPCH is a representative body of handicraft exporters and has successfully projected India’s image abroad as a reliable supplier of high quality handicraft goods & services and has ensured various measures keeping in view, international standards and specifications. • EPCH works closely with the government on policy issues, enhancing efficiency, competitiveness and expanding business opportunities for the industry through a range of specialized services and global linkages. • EPCH provides commercially useful information and assistance to members in developing and increasing exports; offers professional advice and services to members in areas of technology up gradation, quality & design improvement, standards & specifications, product development, innovations, etc. It also provides a platform for sector specific consensus building and networking. • Recognizing that Skill Development is an important imperative for achieving India’s ambitious growth targets, EPCH is committed towards working with the stakeholders, especially the industry, government and academia, to create sustainable and scalable skill propositions which will benefit the youth of the country from all sections of society. Carpets Export Promotion Council • Carpets Export Promotion Council (CEPC) has been constituted under the chairmanship of Minister of Textiles to promote export of hand-knotted rugs and all other types and styles of floor coverings from India. The Council interacts with the Government on various aspects of product development and export promotion measures to help the sector put forth their issues to the government. CEPC’s membership is comprised of senior trade representatives and government officials, who provide invaluable service and expertise to the organization."

Abrasion machine Operator (Glassware)

Eligibility 5th pass (Primary Education)
Description The individual at work is responsible for making the surface of the raw product smooth. The individual understands the different kinds of abrasion machines used in glass manufacturing and how to operate the abrasion machine
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Acid Cleaner (Metalware)

Eligibility Minimum 8th pass
Description The individual at work is responsible for cleaning the metal by dipping it in specified acid, rinsing the metal with water and ensure good quality cleaning as per the specifications
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Ball Maker (Glassware)

Eligibility 5th pass (Primary Education)
Description The individual at work is responsible for handling the gob from furnace and making a hollow ball of liquid glass. The individual is also responsible for cooling of the ball of gob and ensures that the orifice of the ball is not closed.
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Blower (Glassware)

Eligibility 5th pass (Primary education) 6 months in blowing occupation
Description The individual at work is responsible for blowing the glass gob through a hollow pipe to give shape to the product. The individual understands the shapes produced through blowing, blow moulding and quality of gob required to produce different kinds of products
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Carving Artisan - Stonecraft

Eligibility Preferably 5th pass 15 years
Description The individual at work conceives the stoneware product, sketch it on the stone, cut; shape; size the stone to create the desired stoneware product and finish it with paint or polish before selling it to customer.
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Casting Operator (Metalware)

Eligibility 5th pass (Primary Education)
Description The individual at work is responsible for preparing the mold, melting metal, pouring the liquid metal into a mold, solidify and cool to attain the desired shape as per the requirement. The person often uses this method for complex shapes choosing from the different methods of casting
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Casting Operator - Ceramics

Eligibility Preferably 5th pass 15 years
Description The individual at work is responsible for filling hollow moulds with slip (semi-liquid clay) using hose from slip supply tank or bucket, letting it solidify and then opening the moulds to remove the casting.
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Chiseler - Stonecraft

Eligibility Preferably 5th pass 15 years
Description The individual at work is responsible for removing the raw layers from the slate and then splitting it along the grain / layer lines into required sizes for further processing.
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Colour mixing operator (Ceramics)

Eligibility Preferably 5 th pass 15 years
Description The colour mixing operator selects the various oxides and mixes them in right proportion to create the colours that can be used in subsequent phases of production
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Cutting operator (Glassware)

Eligibility 5th pass (Primary Education)
Description The individual at work is responsible for cutting the raw glassware product after moulding or annealing. The individual cuts the raw glassware products by hot wire or dynea machine.
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Decorative Cutter - Glassware

Eligibility 5th Standard pass, preferably 18 Years
Description The decorative cutter-glassware makes required decorative shapes on glass articles with the help of cutting machine. To perform the work competently the person is required to work with precision in delivering outcomes with the help of appropriate cutting techniques. The individual works under supervision and follows instructions related to the work.
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Decorative Painter - Glassware

Eligibility 5th Standard pass, preferably 18 Years
Description The decorative painter-glassware prepares the glass article, paint and apply the color on the surface of the glassware. He/She decorates the glassware. To perform the work competently the person is required to work with precision in delivering outcomes with the help of appropriate painting techniques. The individual works under supervision and follows instructions related to the work.
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Design Marker - stonecraft

Eligibility Preferably 8th pass 18 years
Description The individual at work is responsible for allocating work to subordinates workers; training them; instructing about the job to be performed every day; checking quality of their output and then drawing the product design on the stone for further processing.
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Drill machine Operator - Stonecraft

Eligibility Preferably 5th pass 15 years
Description The individual at work is responsible for using a stone drill machine with variety of rammers to hollow out the flat stone as per the product template.
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Embossing Artisan (Metalware)

Eligibility 5th pass (Primary Education)
Description The individual at work is responsible to create designs on the metal surface by raising one side of the metal using embossing tools, creating a raised design on the surface.
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Engobing operator (Ceramics)

Eligibility Preferably 5th pass 15 years
Description The engobing operator prepares the astar/engobing mixture with the correct proportion of raw materials and coats the moulded ceramic/blue pottery products prior to the sketching and colouring processes
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Engraving Artisan (Metalware)

Eligibility 5th pass (Primary Education)
Description The individual at work is responsible for preparing the surface of the metal and raw materials, Creating the design onto the metal surface, checking for defects, ensuring it matches the prescribed design and requirements, adhering to quality standards
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Etching machine Operator (Glassware)

Eligibility 5th pass (Primary Education)
Description The individual at work is responsible for etching the surface of the raw product. The individual understands the different kinds of etching machines used in glass manufacturing and how to operate the etching machine.
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Filing Artisan (Metalware)

Eligibility 5th pass (Primary Education)
Description The individual at work is responsible to remove excess metal from the product. The person reshapes, resizes and smoothens the metal product as per the design and requirement
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Floor supervisor (Ceramics)

Eligibility Diploma in Ceramic Engineering 18 years Exp 3 years in ceramics production
Description The floor supervisor needs to manage and monitor the overall production process by interfacing with all departments of the shop floor and continuously checking the products for quality in the production cycle
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Furnace Operator - Ceramics

Eligibility Furnace Operator - Ceramics Preferably 8th pass 15 years
Description The individual at work is responsible for employing regulated temperature and air circulation to make clay semi-liquid (slip) for further processing. Responsibilities also include loading the glazed ceramic products into furnace for firing..
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Furnace Operator – Glassware

Eligibility 5th Pass (Primary Education) Minimum 6 months as Furnace operation helper
Description The individual at work is responsible for melting the glass at optimum temperature inside the furnace. The individual understands different kinds of furnaces used in glass craft making, flame temperature and control of glass level inside the furnace.
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Glazing operator (Ceramics)

Eligibility Preferably 5th pass 15 years
Description The glazing operator typically prepares the glazing mixture and coats the sketched ceramic product uniformly with this mixture so that the product is eHCSonced in the mixture with no excess mixture
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Grinder - Glassware

Eligibility 5th Pass (Primary Education) Minimum 6 months as helper
Description The individual at work is responsible for making the edges of the raw product smooth for further processing. The individual understands the different kinds of grinders used in glass manufacturing and how to operate the grinding machine.
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Hammering Artisan (Metalware)

Eligibility 5th pass (Primary Education)
Description The individual at work is responsible to hammer holes and designs on the surface of the metal as per the design and requirement
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Inlay Artisan (Metalware)

Eligibility 5th pass (Primary Education)
Description The individual at work is responsible to inlay the silver / gold wire into the metal grooves by hammering and chiselling. He / she is also responsible for creating a design through the inlay process.
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Inlay Artisan - Stonecraft

Eligibility Preferably 5th pass 15 years
Description The individual at work is responsible for cutting many different coloured semiprecious and precious gem stones into various sizes as per the predecided pattern, engrave the base marble as per the sizes of these gem stones followed by laying the gem stones into the groves of that base marble with adhesive very precisely.
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Inspection Operator (Metalware)

Eligibility Diploma
Description Inspection Operator is responsible for performing overall checks on various aspects of production like the raw material quality, presence of toxic materials and finished product quality.
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Jiggering operator (Ceramics)

Eligibility Preferably 5th pass 15 years
Description The jigger operator carefully shapes the lump of dough from the pug mill by operating the jigger machine
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Lab assistant (Ceramics)

Eligibility Graduate in science 15 years 3 years experience in ceramics industry
Description The lab assistant receives and understands the incoming materials tests, defects and acceptance parameters after which he/she performs the associated tests on the materials to determine the acceptance
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Layer oven operator (Glassware)

Eligibility 5th pass (Primary Education)
Description The individual at work is responsible for operation of annealing layer / oven chamber to remove or prevent internal stress in the glass product. He is also responsible for controlling the temperature at different stages in the chamber to ensure completion of annealing process.
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Mixing Machine Operator – Glassware

Eligibility 5th Pass Minimum 6 months as helper in Mixing operation
Description The individual at work is responsible for mixing of raw materials for the glass production as per the prescribed formulations. The individual understands the different kinds of mixers used in glass manufacturing and how to operate the mixing machine.
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Mixing operator (Ceramics)

Eligibility Preferably 8th pass 15 years
Description The mixing operator selects the various raw materials and mixes them in right proportion, either manually or using mills, to create the slip that can be used in subsequent phases of production
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Modeller (Ceramics)

Eligibility 8th pass 3 years experience in ceramics craft making
Description The modeller, based on market cues creates the master model with design and colours that will be used for creating product lines
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Moulder (Ceramics)

Eligibility 5th pass (Primary Education)
Description The individual at work uses various raw materials the create moulds with the various patterns that can be used repeatedly for a product line
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Painter (Metalware)

Eligibility 5th pass (Primary Education)
Description The individual at work is responsible to prepare the paint and apply the color paint and then lacquer on the surface of the metal. He/She decorates and protects the metal surface with a fixed color stamping on it. This hardens the metal and extends its working life preventing rust and wear out of metal
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Polisher (Metalware)

Eligibility 5th pass (Primary Education)
Description The individual at work is responsible to polish and provide finishing to the metal surface as per requirements with appropriate abrasives. The polisher is also responsible to clean the workplace subsequently.
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Pressman (Glassware)

Eligibility Minimum 8th pass
Description The individual at work is responsible for moulding of glass gob into products through hand press, handling glass gob and operating handle of handle press.
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Quality check technician (Ceramics)

Eligibility Diploma 15 years
Description The individual at job receives and understands the quality check parameters after which he / she checks random samples from the various product lines for fidelity to the quality parameters
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Quality Checker - Stonecraft

Eligibility Preferably 8th pass 15 years
Description The individual at work is responsible for examining the stoneware visually for cut, shape, design, colour, polish and stability along with its weight to separate the defective pieces from the good ones.
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Sakhta saaz (Paper pulp)

Eligibility Preferably atleast Class V 15 years 3-6 moths of working experience in Paper Mache
Description The Sakhta maker is responsible for making sakhta out of paper pulp passing through various stages of preparation beginning from paper cutting, paper soaking etc.
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Sakhta saaz (Wood)

Eligibility Preferably atleast Class V 15 years 3-6 moths of working experience in Paper Mache
Description The Sakhta maker is responsible for making sakhta out of paper pulp passing through various stages of preparation beginning from paper cutting, paper soaking to putting the pulp on suitable material shape former etc.
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Sieving Artisan - Ceramics

Eligibility Preferably 5th pass 15 years
Description The individual at work is responsible for filtering out the unwanted particles from the grounded raw material using the iron sieve for further processing.
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Silver coating technician (Glassware)

Eligibility Minimum 8th pass
Description The individual at work is responsible for the chemical process of coating the glass product with a reflective substance. He mixes various chemicals including tin fluoride, acids and glucose in appropriate amount as per prescribed procedure.
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Sketching and painting artisan (Ceramics)

Eligibility Preferably 5th pass 15 years
Description The sketching and painting operator, based on the model/design provided to him sketches the outline and colours the same to have colourful and attractive designs on the ceramic products
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Stamping Operator (Metalware)

Eligibility 5th pass (Primary Education)
Description The individual at work is responsible for die punching on the metal surface and transforms the metal to desired shapes, designs and letters based on requirements and design specifications. The person ensures to achieve quality standards
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Stone Cutter (Cutting machine operator)

Eligibility Preferably 5th pass 15 years
Description The individual at work is responsible for cutting the big hard stone slabs into different sizes, as per the product requirement, for further processing.
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Stone Grinder (Grinding machine operator)

Eligibility Preferably 5th pass 15 years
Description The individual at work is responsible for using a stone grinding machine with a wheel having abrasive surface to cut, shape and smooth hard stone slab as per the product template.
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Threading Artisan (Metalware)

Eligibility 5th pass (Primary Education)
Description The individual at work is responsible to drill and create screw threads in the metal craft as per specification.
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