The construction industry is the second largest industry of the country after agriculture, accounting 11 percent of India’s GDP. Despite this, the industry faces a grave challenge of unskilled workforce. While this sector continues to grow at a rapid pace, it continues to be devoid of skilled manpower. India’s formally skilled workforce is approximately 4% - which is dismally low compared to China (47%), UK (68%), Germany (74%), Japan (80%), or South Korea (96%).
According to KPMG report for the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC), the Real Estate and Construction Sector alone needs 45 million additional skilled manpower over the next 10 years. Given the shortage of Skilled manpower in the industry on the one hand and high levels of unemployment in the country on the other, the need for focusing on Skill Development programs cannot be over emphasized. It is in this background that CREDAI is focusing on Skill Development in the Construction and related sectors in a big way. The driving force of CREDAI in organizing its Skill Development trainings is that, as an industry body, it has the best understanding of required skills which need to be developed.
CREDAI forayed in the arena of Skilling with its training program ‘’Kushal’’ in 2011 through its Pune Chapter in collaboration with National Skills Development Council. Since then, CREDAI is conducting regular On-site Training Programs for construction workers at construction sites through its member developers spread across 24 states and 156 city chapters.
In 2015, CREDAI set up a separate foundation, the CREDAI CSR Foundation (CCF) to undertake skilling of construction workers and youth is construction sector related job roles across the country. Since inception, CCF has skilled / upskilled more than 50, 000 workers / youth.
CCF and all other CREDAI chapters put together have so far trained more than 1 Lac trainees in over 100 construction sites in more than 50 cities. CREDAI aims to Skill / Upskill at least 1 lakh Construction Workers in the next 2 years (2019 – 2021)
CREDAI Training Model
The training is a mix of ‘Classroom’ and On the job training’ conducted at the construction sites itself for a period of about 4 weeks. These trainings are based on National Occupational Standards (NOS) & Qualification Packs(QP) of NSDC aligned for industry specific job role. The classroom training apart from technical aspects also has soft skill trainings focussing on the social & behavioural habits of the trainees, including health, sanitation and safety to bring significant improvements in their world view and way of life.
Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojna
PMKVY is the flagship outcome-based skill training scheme of the new Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE). The objective of this skill certification and reward scheme is to enable and mobilize a large number of Indian youth to take up outcome based skill training and become employable and earn their livelihood.
CREDAI tied up with National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) to upgrade skills of 25000 construction workers under the PMKVY 2.0 scheme. Under the scheme, monetary reward would be provided to trainees who are successfully trained, assessed and certified in skill courses.
The project was executed successfully by CREDAI and ended in April 2018.
PNB Housing Finance Limited
CREDAI & PNB Housing Finance Limited enter into a partnership in 2014 to upskill construction workers. Under this initiative, the skill development training programs reinforce the prior learning of workers, thereby including them in mainstream workforce assuring formal, continuous employment and its benefits. It also aims to upgrade skills of construction workers to meet global benchmarks, which in turn, shall increase the productivity of the workforce.
In their five years’ partnership with CREDAI & PNBHFL have so far trained about 27,500 candidates. Training is provided in job roles like masonry, bar bending, shuttering, electrical, painting, welding, fabrication, and plumbing.
Under the collaboration CREDAI targets to train 13000 workers / youth in FY 19 - 20.
CREDAI imparts Skill Development Trainings for Construction workers through its proficient Training Partners. Some of whom are:-
CREDAI now has its own CSDCI certified Training Centres for conducting assessment of Skill Trainings at: -
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