In a recent conclave – “Clean India-Skilled India-Strong India” – organised by CREDAI or Confederation of Real Estate Developers’ Association of India, the apex body for real estate developers announced their initiatives on skill development including setting up a Greenfield Institution for Skill Development for the labour-ridden real estate sector that is considered to be one of the largest employers in the country.
Going by the call of Prime Minister Narendra Modi for enhancing the basic skills of the manpower, CREDAI has initiated a practice to educate the manpower involved in the construction activities.
“We have stressed on not only enhancing the quality of construction, but also empowering the construction workers to get better wages. By getting workers properly trained, developers will get organised and efficient manpower that will become an asset for projects and increased wages will help workers to uplift their standard of living,” said Lalit Mohan Jain, Chairman CREDAI.
CREDAI Pune Model is known for its initiative on promoting skill of construction workers. ‘Kushal’ a partnership project of CREDAI Pune Metro and NSDC (National Skill Development Corporation) has already made a landmark in the field of skill development of construction workers.
The first project started in the year 2011, has already trained about 28,000 construction workers which includes mason, labour, plumber et al. It is already covered one-fourth of its projection of about 1,00,000 construction workers over a period of 10 years.
Rohit Modi, president, CREDAI-NCR highlights, “Since developers are realising the urgent need for skilled labour to save on account of material by reducing wastage, reduction in man days and to improve quality of construction, adopting the initiative taken by CREDAI Pune is imminent.”
According to Rohit Modi there is an approximate 500 construction sites with a manpower strength of about 2.5 to 3 lacs that needs to be going through the process of skill development.
NCR is spread over a larger geographical area in comparison to other cities. Hence, there are options on which CREDAI team is working. Suggested models of training include setting up of skill centers in which workers will undergo skill education sessions spread over a period of one week to three weeks.
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