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Skills and knowledge are the driving forces of economic growth and social development for any country. The labour force of the district stands at 41.79 percent of the district population, marginally lower than the state’s labour force of 42.22 percent. The female labour force participation rate of Ri Bhoi is 31.05 percent. The percentage of people employed in the district is 97.27 percent with unemployment standing at 2.73 percent. While labour participation rate may seem high, disguised unemployment is a factor. Nearly 54 percent of the labour force are self-employed. Apart from this, almost 30 percent are engaged in wage employment. Therefore, as significant portion of the workers are dependent on employers, the demand of employers needs to be captured while planning skilling initiatives. The district’s youth population (15 – 30) stands at 25.39 percent in comparison to the state average at 30.22 percent. As youth forms the productive population potential in any place, their aspirations and skilling requirements should be factored in for a practical skilling ecosystem. Youths must be factored in while designing the skill training programmes, and these must be matched with appropriate training opportunities demanded in the market.


There is a dire need to create opportunities to provide this workforce with required skill sets and knowledge to enable them to contribute substantially to the economic growth of the district and the state. To steer and coordinate the skilling initiatives with quality deliverables, the Skill Development Cell, Ri Bhoi has been formed to monitor, coordinate, and converge all skill development activities in the district.


  • Strong focus on convergence and collaboration amongst various short and long-term development initiatives in the district

  • Creating industry demand driven training for higher employability

  • Conducting various research for skill development


In 2019 – 2020, the total number of trained candidates in the district stands at 3535 with the number of dropouts standing at 161. This indicates a 95.64 percent completed training against a 4.36 percent dropout percent. In the district, like the state, the highest number of trained candidates are in Short Term training standing at 49.90 percent. Most of the flagship training programmes in the state such as PMKVY and SHCDM which has high number of trainees enrolled are short term training courses. Micro term training makes up for 43.68 percent of completed training. Most departmental training programmes and state funded programmes (as well as for RSETI) are micro term training programmes. The number of trained candidates in Long term training stands at 6.42 percent. ITI and DCIC conduct long term training.                                                                                  


It can be observed that the highest number of people are trained in Textiles sector at 29.31 percent followed by Agriculture & Allied sector at 28.23 percent. Most of the job roles within DCIC and Handloom department are in the Textiles sector. Integrated Farming System and Aquaculture & Advanced Techniques for Fish Culture are the two job roles with the highest enrolment in the Agriculture & Allied sector. Construction sector constitutes 9.25 percent of the trained candidates with plumbing having the highest trained candidates within the sector. Tourism & Hospitality sector which has a lot of potential in the district only constitutes 4.36 percent of the trained candidates.