In a bid to establish India as the ‘Skill Capital’ of the world, CREDAI (Confederation of Real Estate Developers Association) is all set to train 20,000 workers in Construction and Real Estate sector, in collaboration with NSDC. Comprehending the significance of skilling and up-skilling in construction and prepping up for the post-economic slowdown period, NSDC awarded an additional target of 20,000 to CREDAI for the FY 2019 – 2020. This project will be rolled out under PMKVY RPL Bridge Course training and shall be completed by 31 March 2020. CREDAI forayed into skill development in 2011 and has since trained more than 1.25 Lakh construction workers under various CSR & Government schemes.
Adding to the insights, the collaborative endeavor of CREDAI and NSDC can be dated back to 2015, under the PMKVY scheme to train 25000 construction workers in short term skill training program as part of RPL Bridge course training. This training, besides boosting the confidence of the construction worker helps them in understanding the finer technical details of their job role, resulting in an increase in efficiency and a decrease in wastage. The aforesaid project ended in 2018. Following the success of the first edition of construction workers training, NSDC has awarded the new target of 20,000.
Briefly elaborating on CREDAI skilling vertical, Mr. Satish Magar, President CREDAI National said, “CREDAI members have been at the forefront in extending support for up-skilling of construction workers and CREDAI is the only industry association that has taken upskilling in a big way and has a dedicated team working in the skilling vertical. We strongly believe that we must continue focusing on up-skilling and skilling to be prepared for the post-economic slowdown phase and position India as the ‘Skill Capital’ of the world. This way would be better prepared to meet the requirements of the skilled workforce. Furthermore, CREDAI also supports the Hon’ble PM’s ‘Skill India’ mission.”
CREDAI’s emphasis on up-skilling construction workers can be tied back to the fact that sectors like IT, Retail, Apparel, Hospitality, projected higher demand for skilled workforce in comparison to other sectors and hence garnered maximum support from various Government schemes too. However, some crucial sectors like Construction & Real Estate, Logistics, Agriculture did not get the required attention, as the standard guidelines of skilling and placing youth made it even more challenging in designing skilling / upskilling projects for these sectors.
CREDAI, the apex body of Real Estate Developers in India, understands the challenges of the migrant population and though in a small way has been focusing on skilling this unskilled workforce as per national occupational standards. The Construction & Real Estate Sector at any given point of time employs 40 – 45 Million people, and with the number of people migrating from rural to urban areas in search of livelihood growing every year, an arrangement to train the unskilled is of utmost importance today. The bottom-line of such endeavors is to create the infrastructure required to pace up this rapid urbanization.