India is the 5th largest producer and 4th largest consumer of natural rubber in the world. The rubber industry had a turnover of Rs.63,000 crore in 2012-13 with a CAGR of 10% for last 3 years. The sector is very vast with production side consisting of natural rubber and synthetic rubber on one hand and manufacturing segment of tyre and non-tyre rubber products on the other hand. Manufacturing side of the sector comprises of 500 large / medium sized companies and 5,500 small and tiny units. The area under rubber plantations in India is ranked sixth globally and more than 10 lakh planters are involved in NR plantation sector in the country. The industry employs estimated a half million jobs in next 10 years.
To ensure availability of skilled human resources to rubber industry, Rubber Skill Development Council (RSDC), a Sector Skill Council for the rubber sector has been set up by AIRIA & ATMA under the aegis of National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC), for focusing on skill development & training needs of the rubber sector. In current scenario, most of the skill learning on the shop floor in the industry happens largely unstructured, on-the-job training as the professional institutes are offering chemical engineering that does not serve the need of the industry. Thus, RSDC understands that short term modular courses and certification are the need of the industry for frontline shop floor workers and supervisors. The training programmes focus more on live-project and on-job training methodology so the students are readily deployable as per the requirement of the industry. It is also very important to build capacity and affordability in the training infrastructure to encourage persons from less educated and lower income groups to opt for such courses and develop fruitful career in the rubber industry. Therefore, RSDC develops a path that helps individual to get trained and certified in appropriate skills leading to employment opportunity in collaboration with industry.