The National Skills Qualifications Framework (NSQF) is a competency-based framework that organizes all qualifications according to a series of levels of knowledge, skills and aptitude. These levels, graded from one to ten, are defined in terms of learning outcomes which the learner must possess regardless of whether they are obtained through formal, non-formal or informal learning. In that sense, the NSQF is a quality assurance framework which enhances employability skills of our students by introducing applied learning skills in integration with academic stream.
Under the scheme of vocationalisation of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education, vocational education is imparted from classes IX to XII in government secondary and higher secondary schools. In order to provide diverse opportunities to school students in the field of vocational education, different job roles in various sectors have been identified. A student selects a particular job role in Class IX, whose curriculum is spread over 4 years. Thus the student studies and is trained in a single job role for 4 years.
IISD has been involved with the NSQF schools project since 2013, starting with deploying 16 Vocational Trainers in government schools. Today we have a presence in government schools in 6 states with over 290 Vocational Trainers and Coordinators engaged in imparting Automobile Service Technician and Apparel & Fashion Designing courses to students.