To address the challenge of shortage of skilled workforce in construction sector, the Construction Skill Development Council of India (CSDCI) aims to train at least 3 lakh workers over next one year under a programme.
CSDCI, constituted under the National Skill Development Corporation, is promoted by Construction Federation of India, Builders’ Association of India, National Highways Builders Federation and Confederation of Real Estate Developers Association of India.
“There is a severe shortage of skilled labour in the construction industry. We are working towards creating more and more competent people so as to ensure quality and compliance is delivered,” CSDCI chairman Ajit Gulabchand told reporters here.
The Council has been set up with an aim to create occupational standards and competency levels for job roles as well as to issue guidelines and facilitate training and certificate of trainers and assessors.
“We want to ensure that competency-based training is delivered through all training institutions in the country. We also want more and more such institutes to be set up to create skilled labour. To begin with, our aim is to train and certify nearly 3 lakh workers in the next one year,” he said.
The Council has embarked on a plan to develop skills for the sector with six specific trades of mason, bar bender and fixer, scaffolder, carpenter, laboratory technician and assistant laboratory technician.
“Every year the programme will scale-up adding new skills, ultimately taking to about 500 odd skills to be developed in the construction sector. We will set up training standards and facilitate training institutes across the nation,” Gulabchand said.
CSDCI will work jointly with large private companies and institutions to devise industry-based curriculum, set training standards, offer good quality vocational training, and provide industry-endorsed certification.
“We will work out training mechanisms to develop modules for trainers and eventually conduct certification of trainers as well as for workers. We plan to certify around 1.14 crore trainees and train 1.98 lakh trainers over 10 years.