Model Career Centre (MCC) And Interlinking Of Employment Exchanges

The National Career Service (NCS) Project has envisaged setting up of Model Career Centres (MCCs), a brick and mortar model of NCS, which have state-of-the-art infrastructure and will act as a hub of career counselling and also provide career related services such as organising job fairs, mobilise the employers, provide career counselling at local level etc. in collaboration with States and other institutions to the jobseekers and employers through outreach activities. The Government provides financial assistance to the states for establishing model career centres based on the proposals and scheme guidelines. Each Model Career Centre is supported by one Young Professional engaged for management of the centre and for better coordination with the Ministry, for a period of three years (extendible up to 5 Yrs). These model career centres can be replicated by the States from their own resources.

So far, 315 MCCs have been approved (including 7 non-funded) under the NCS project. States/UTs interested to set up such MCCs will be expected to replicate services offered in these centres to other Employment Exchanges.

The MCCs are expected to connect local youth and other job seekers with all possible/available job opportunities in the vicinity. The MCCs would be undertaking outreach and counselling activities for the aspiring jobseekers. The Central Government will now provide grant-in-aid upto Rs. 60 lakh for establishment of each new MCCs as per the revised Guidelines issued to States/UTs on 16th March, 2022.

Interlinking of Employment Exchanges:

In the scheme, Directorate General of Employment (DGE) will provide funds for basic IT infrastructure, minor re-furbishing of the 978+ employment exchanges and for organizing job fairs at the district level on a quarterly basis. Several States/UTs already have good ICT based systems for the employment services while other states require certain infrastructure to improve accessibility of the NCS services at the employment exchanges. The Scheme contours and funding areas are as follows:

(a) One-time grant up to ₹ 3 lakh per employment exchange for IT infrastructure enhancement.

(b) One-time grant up to ₹ 5 lakh per employment exchange for refurbishing the office complex.

(c) A grant of up to ₹ 2 lakh per job fair per quarter to be organized at the District level.

The States need to send their proposals, which broadly includes components such as State Details, Financial Requirement - State level, Basic Details of Employment Exchanges, Requirement in IT Infrastructure and Refurbishing, Job Fair Details etc. For States having ICT based integrated systems for the employment exchanges, web services have been created for inter-linking state databases with the NCS Portal.

Status of Employment Exchanges:

As of now, funds have been released to 28 States/UTs under interlinking component of NCS. As of now, 18 States have completed the process of Integration, 7 States/UTs are directly registering on the portal.