National Urban Livelihood Mission (NULM)

National Urban Livelihoods Mission is a centrally sponsored scheme designed by Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation (MoHUPA), Government of India. Mission activities are implemented in the state by Urban Affairs Department, Government of Kerala through Urban Local Bodies. Kudumbashree, the State Poverty Eradication Mission is the nodal agency for implementation of the project in Kerala. The project in the first phase is implemented in 14 major cities of the state Viz; Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Pathanamthitta, Kottayam, Alappuzha, Ernakulam, Thrissur, Palakkad, Malapuram, Kozhikode, Kalpetta, Kannur and Kasaragode. Now it is scaled up to all the 93 cities of the state.

Employment through Skill Training and Placement (ESTP) is a major component under the mission. The project aims to impart placement linked skill training to the unemployed urban poor from the mission cities. It is targeted to impart skill training and give placement for 35175 unemployed urban poor from the fourteen cities during next three years.

Kudumbashree has empanelled thirty seven Skill Training Providers for implementing placement linked skill training programmes under NULM in the state. Each agency is empanelled to conduct particular course/(s) for which they have expertise and have industry linkage for internship and placement.

Purpose of Skill Development Programme

The Employment through Skills Training & Placement (EST&P) Component under NULM is designed to provide skills to the unskilled urban poor as well as to upgrade the existing skills of the under employed sections. Under the programme, State Urban Livelihoods Mission (SULM) will provide skill training of the urban poor to enable them to set up self-employment ventures or for engaging in lucrative salaried jobs in private sector. The EST&P Programme intends to fill the gap between the demand and availability of local skills by providing skill training programs as required by the market.

The broader objective of the Employment through Skills Training & Placement (EST&P) Program is

  • To provide an asset to the urban poor in the form of skills for sustainable livelihood.
  • To increase the income of urban poor through structured, market-oriented certified courses that can provide salaried employment and / or self-employment opportunities which will eventually lead to better living standards and alleviation of urban poverty on a sustainable basis.
  • Ensure inclusive growth with increased contribution of skilled urban poor to the National Economy.