The main goal of the PMFME Scheme's capacity-building part is to improve the business skills of existing microfood processors and improve the skills of their employees in important areas like food handling, safety, hygiene, and their own safety at the plant level. There are 3 levels of training planned for this programme: training of master trainers (ToMT), training of district-level trainers (ToT), and training of beneficiaries (ToB). The experts from the sector-specific national institutes will train the master trainers. The master trainers will train the district-level trainers, and the district-level trainers will train the beneficiaries. EDP training and product training are two big parts of capacity building that are important to the people who are supposed to benefit.

Entrepreneurship Development (EDP+):

The standard Entrepreneurship Development Programs that are taught under other MSME schemes will be changed to include the health, hygiene, standards, and quality aspects of food processing. Some of the most important parts of this kind of ED programme (EDP+) are:

  1.  Help people learn how to find business opportunities and put together a business plan.
  2. Familiarity with the steps and formalities of starting a business, such as registering it.
  3. Learn how to run a unit, including how to handle its finances, regulations, and legal requirements.
  4. Food processing-specific issues include hygiene, FSSAI standards, weights and measures regulation, registration, etc.

Specific Skills for a Product:

  1.  Profile of the group's products, how they are bought, and quality standards Products that go together, by-products, and how they are used
  2.  Profile of processing technology, overview of equipment, how much it costs, and where to get it, if at all.
  3.  Different ways to pack, store, and handle food from a scientific point of view.
  4.  As per the national and international standards for quality and safety of the product
  5.  Understanding how important product quality is for adding value, building a brand, and selling

Domain Skills and Platform Skills

Domain skills are the skills, technical knowledge, and know-how that are specific to a field and are needed to do a job well. Platform skills are the ways a trainer presents information in a way that gets it across well. Trainers need to have great public speaking skills to get their points across. Both the master trainer and the DLT would be trained in two core skills: skills related to the domain and skills related to the platform.

How things are sent 

  1. The training would take the following forms:
  2. Talks and demos in the classroom
  3. Live classes (online)
  4. Material to learn online at your own pace
  5. Getting used to machines