CREDAI and Skilling -the Objective :

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.CREDAI also offers the advantage of being in a position to easily absorb the trained resources in the industry itself through its member developers.

Current status of the programme:

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 India .CREDAI is affiliated with the Construction Sector Skill Development Council of India (CSDCI) set up under the NSDC. It has also sought similar affiliation from the Plumbing Sector Skill Council which is expected soon. CREDAI is an empaneled Training Partner of the Directorate General of Employment & Training (DGE&T), the Training wing of the Ministry of Labour GOI. It is also a certified Training Partner with the Gujarat and Chhattisgarh Governments for conducting skill trainings. A separate Foundation i.e. the CREDAI CSR Foundation has been set up in 2015 to enable CREDAI to undertake Skill Development Programmes and Waste Management in a focused manner. Contributions to this Foundation qualifies for tax exemptions under section 80G of the Income Tax Act, 1961. CREDAI is conducting the on-site training programs for construction workers through its experienced in-house Training Partners – Kushal, Rustomjee Academy for Skills, Ashiana Training Institute and Dr. K.L. Garg Memorial Vocational Training Institute (Eldeco Group).

Trades/ Courses
i) Assistant Mason
ii) Assistant Barbender & Steel Fixer
iii) Assistant Shuttering Carpenter
iv) Assistant Electrician
v) Assistant Painter and Decorator
vi) Plumber General Assistant

Present Scenario :

CREDAI is undertaking Skill Development training for construction workers in modules designed by the Construction Sector Skill Council of India (CSDCI) which are based on the National Occupation Standards developed by them in consultation with the industry. The training is a mix of ‘Classroom’ and On the job training’ conducted at the construction sites itself for a period of about 6 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 safetyto bring significant improvements in their world view and way of life.

Number of workforce trained :

CREDAI has so far trained more than 50,000 trainees in over 100 construction sites across India. CREDAI aims to undertake Skilling for at least 1 lakh Construction Workers in a yearwef 2017-18.

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