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The post-liberalization era has opened up a plethora of opportunities for the Indian leather industry. With global players looking for new sourcing options, India stands to gain a bigger share of the global market. India has a 2.62% share. The major leather products and exports from India are hides and skins such as cow and bull calf, sheep nappa, goat skin, kid leather, wet blue, etc. Footwear and footwear components like shoes, shoe uppers, soles etc., leather garments, leather gloves, leather saddlery goods, leather travel bags and totes, leather purses, wallets, briefcases etc.in the global leather trade during 2006, with the exclusion of nonleather footwear; the share is slightly higher at 3.41%. The composition of exports has also been changing, with more and more value added products being exported. India has distinct advantages in the leather industry in terms of availability of raw materials. India has the largest livestock population in the world. This has enabled India to become a significant player in the world leather market, with exports growing at a CAGR of 11.9 % over the time period 2003-04 to 2007-08. The composition of export of leather and leather products from India has undergone a structural change during the last three decades, from merely an exporter of raw material in the sixties to that of value added products in the nineties. The value added finished products presently constitute around 80% of the total export from the industry, which was mere 7% in 1956-57. With the around 50% of the total leather market in India is constituted by the footwear industry and the remaining is attributed to other leather products. The domestic industry is highly fragmented and around 70-75% of the industry capacity is accounted by large numbers of small scale manufacturers. In the organized segment Bata India is the largest player with a market share of almost 35%.
The Council for Leather Exports has formed a Section 25 company in the name of Leather Sector Skill Council.The purpose of the Leather Sector Skill Council (Leather SSC) is to play an effective role as the representative national agency facilitating the development of skills solutions for industry players in acquiring and developing the requisite skilled manpower needed to sustain the envisioned growth of the leather and leather goods industry and setting a foundation for the country to emerge as a global leader. The Leather SSC will co-ordinate with industry, education & training providers and government in ensuring capacity building for availability of trained and skilled manpower across industry segments and organization levels.

Objective

  • Set up effective Labour Market Intelligence systems to assist in planning and delivery of training and skilled manpower.
  • Set up Centres of Excellence in key locations and Train the Trainer programs to promote skills standards within the sector
  • Facilitate capacity building for skills training, attract learners to the sector and enable them to choose appropriate skills programs through counselling.
  • Assure quality of skills delivery through appropriate systems of accreditation / affiliation of training providers as well as examination/ certification processes.
  • Develop a catalogue of sector occupations and skills/ occupational standards related to them for the Leather, Leather Goods and Footwear industry, the sector skill development needs and skill development roadmap for the sector.

Scope

  • With different initiatives from the state governments, there is a challenge for the sector skill council and the training partners to meet the expectations through their outreach.
  • This will also solve issues like distressed migration and provide benefits of being with the family and community, resulting in a sustainable model, leading to efficiency, productivity and quality.
  • The focus on Make in India program will take leather factories to towns and villages with suitable infrastructure being created in those places. This will create a huge number of jobs in the leather sector.

Assistant Cobbler

Eligibility Class V preferably. 18 years preferably.
Description Repairs different types of footwear and leather goods using hand tools. They are also employed in the footwear manufacturing unit to repair footwear damaged in manufacturing process.
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Cobbler

Eligibility Class V preferably. 18 years preferably. 1-2 years of experience in footwear and leather goods industry.
Description Repairs different types of footwear and leather goods independently using hand tools. He also makes entire footwear depending on the requirements from the end customers or as required by the footwear manufacturing units and are also employed in some of the footwear manufacturing units.
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Cutter

Eligibility Class V 18 years Prior experience in goods/garment manufacturing for a minimum of 2-3 years preferred
Description The individual, as a part of the job role, lays out, marks, and cuts leather or non-leather material into parts for articles using cutting dies. The critical component of the role is to position leather/non-leather for cutting to ensure good number and quality of cut pieces.
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Cutter Footwear

Eligibility Should have completed Primary Schooling - 5th Standard Pass/Attempted
Description Gain knowledge on overview of leather industry and generic skills: General instructions to importance of leather industry, general hazards in leather industry, basic health safety and hygiene precautions, generic skills to be followed in leather industry. ? Perform pre-operational activities: Identification of tool and quality material, ensure design, style, dimensions required for cutting leather, endure necessary preparation required for cutting leather and follow standard procedure for cutting leather. ? Learn and perform cutting operation: Carry out hand cutting and machine cutting of leather. ? Handle work area, tools and machines appropriately: Ensure correct handling of material, tools and machines, maintain clean and hazard free work area, proper usage of cleaning equipment, maintain correct usage of workplace tools and equipment. ? Contribute to achieve quality product in cutting process: Ensure cutting parts produced according to specification/ sample leather swatch/sample upper/shoe as per customer/ buyer requirement, ensure maximum usage of cut components with minimal wastages, carry out regular quality checks and fault identification in final product and maintain records and documents. ? Become well versed with environment, health, safety & security at work: Well versed with health and safety measures in terms of personal safety and equipment safety relevant to cutting occupation. ? Follow industrial regularity and organizational requirements: Carry out work in accordance with organizational guidelines and procedures, identify and report any possible deviation.
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Drum Operator

Eligibility Class V 18 years Prior experience as helper in finished leather operations for a minimum of 2-3 years preferred
Description A Drum Operator works at the tannery and processes hides by loading them into large rotating wooden drums adding the necessary floats and chemicals as per specifications, maintains the temperature in the drums and completes the required quality checks to ensure completion of processing. He/she is responsible for safe and efficient operations of the machine and related equipments
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Finishing Operator

Eligibility Class V 18 years Prior experience as helper in footwear manufacturing for a minimum of 2-3 years
Description The Finishing Operator is primarily responsible for performing the final finishing operations for the footwear post lasting. He/ She performs the final cleaning, polishing and brushing, tag level fixing, edge trimming and quality inspection. He/ She is responsible for ensuring the footwear meets the client specifications.
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Footwear - Stitching Operator

Eligibility Class V with 2-3 Years prior experience as helper in footwear manufacturing
Description Gain familiarity with the stitching trade: Gain knowledge on over view of leather Industry/ generic skills and avail familiarity with stitching trade. General introduction to trade, leather manufacturing process, and role of a stitcher in leather industry. ? Become well versed with environment, health & safety: Well versed with health and safety measures in terms of personal safety and equipment safety relevant to stitching occupation. ? Carry out stitching operation using different machines: Effectively identify, select the right sewing machine, needles, threads and bobbins for carrying out stitching operation. ? Achieve product quality in stitching operation: Conduct a visual inspection on all aspects of the stitching process. ? Maintain the work area, tools and machines: Organise/maintain work areas and activities to ensure tools and machines are maintained as per norms. ? Carry out work functions in accordance with legislation and regulations, organizational guidelines and procedures: Follow policies and procedures within the work practices
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Helper Bottom Making

Eligibility Class V 18 years
Description A Helper– Bottom Making provides assistance to the footwear machine operators involved in material lasting, buffing, roughing, adhesive adding etc. He/ she is required to co-ordinate with team members and is required to assist the operators to carry out activities based on the production schedule
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Helper Finishing

Eligibility Class V 18 years
Description The primary responsibility of a Helper - Finishing is to provide assistance to the footwear machine operators involved in footwear cleaning, polishing and buffing, final inspection and packing processes and carry out material lasting, buffing, roughing, adhesive adding etc. He/ she is required to co- ordinate with team members and is required to assist the operators to carry out activities based on the production schedule.
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Helper Upper Making

Eligibility Class V 18 years
Description The primary responsibility of a Helper - Upper Making is to provide assistance to the footwear machine operators involved in material cutting, insole building, stitching, skiving, etc. and carries out folding, adhesive adding and edge colouring. He/ She is required to co-ordinate with team members and is required to assist the operators to carry out activities based on the production schedule.
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Helper- Dry Operations

Eligibility Class V 18 years
Description The primary role of a Helper in the dry operations processes at a tannery is to provide assistance in various processes of preparing finished leather such as in buffing, shaving, staking, toggling etc. An operator performs these functions and an Helper assists the operator and passes the completed work onto the next stage in production. He/she must have in depth knowledge and understanding of the process of production, health and safety standards and quality parameters.
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Helper- Finishing

Eligibility Class V 18 years
Description The primary responsibility of a Helper- Finishing is to provide assistance to the goods and garments machine operators involved in colouring, lamping, cleaning and packaging etc. He is required to co-ordinate with team members and is required to assist the operators to carry out activities based on the production schedule.
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Helper- Parts Making

Eligibility Class V 18 years
Description The primary responsibility of a Helper - Parts Making is to provide assistance to the goods and garments machine operators involved in material cutting, stitching, skiving, pasting etc. A Helper is required to co-ordinate with team members and is required to assist the operators to carry out activities based on the production schedule.
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Helper- Wet Operations

Eligibility Class V 18 years
Description The primary role of a wet process, helper is to provide support in various processes of wet process operations in a tannery such as preservation, soaking, liming, re-liming, fleshing, de-liming, tanning etc. An operator performs these functions along with an assistant and takes his support in passing the completed work onto the next stage in production. This position gives the helpers an opportunity to learn more about the operation and work with/ learn from operators.
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Helper–Finishing Operations

Eligibility Class V 18 years
Description The primary role of the Helper - Finishing Operations (Finished Leather) is to provide support in various finishing processes in a tannery such as brushing, spraying, coating etc. He/she assists the operator and passes the completed work onto the next stage in production. This position gives the helpers an opportunity to learn more about the operations and work with/ learn from operators
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Line Supervisor

Eligibility Class X 18 years Prior experience as an operator in the production line for a minimum 3 - 4 years
Description A Line Supervisor is responsible for the smooth running of the production line. He also needs to ensure that the production targets are met and quality standards are as per specifications.
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Moulding Operator

Eligibility Class V 18 years Prior experience as helper in footwear manufacturing for a minimum of 2-3 years preferred
Description Moulding operator is a skilled operator capable to operate PU pouring machines and Injection moulding machine used in lasting process and also skillful to perform basic supervisory tasks to monitor the performance of the workers
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Moulding Supervisor

Eligibility Class X Prior training in non- leather footwear manufacturing preferred. Prior experience as an operator in the production line for a minimum of 3-4 years.
Description Moulding Supervisor ensures the smooth functioning of the Moulding production by managing the work allocations effectively. He ensures the production targets are met and the quality standards are adhered to.
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Pre-Assembly Operator

Eligibility Class V 18 years Prior experience as helper in footwear manufacturing for a minimum of 2-3 years
Description The primary responsibility of a Pre-Assembly Operator is multi skilled and performs the following operations: splitting, gimping, ironing, marking, edge coloring, pasting, folding and eyeleting. He/ She should be well versed with the sequential processes involved in footwear manufacturing. He/she should understand the importance of the quality within the footwear manufacturing processes and ensure set standards are achieved within the work area
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Sample Maker( Goods and Garments)

Eligibility Class V 18 years Prior experience in good/garments manufacturing for a minimum of 2-3 years
Description Sample maker makes the product samples as per the design specification. He also ensures that the sample making process is carried out smoothly and effectively.
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Skiving Operator

Eligibility Class V 18 years Prior experience as helper in skiving operations for a minimum of 2-3 years
Description The Skiving operator must be capable to operate skiving machines and also skillful to perform skiving with accuracy according to the specifications. Skiving operator must also be capable to perform the maintenance of the grinder and the skiving disk knife.
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Stitcher (Goods and Garments)

Eligibility Class V 18 years Prior experience in goods/garment manufacturing for a minimum of 2-3 years preferred
Description A Stitcher, also called a ‘sewer’ is an important job-role associated with Leather Goods and Garment sector. The primary responsibility of a stitcher is to sew fabric, fur, leather or synthetic materials to produce garments and other articles.
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Store In-charge

Eligibility Class X 18 years Prior experience as helper in storekeeping operations for a minimum of 2-3 years
Description The Store In-charge is primarily responsible for ensuring and performing smooth store keeping operations in the manufacturing unit. He/ She is responsible for proper materials handling and storage. He/ she ensure timely receipt, issue, dispatch and documentation of goods/ stock in the store.
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