CIDC: A Multifaceted Approach for Skilling the Construction Workers

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CIDC adopts a multifaceted approach for skilling of construction workers. By recognizing existing skills and offering comprehensive training programs, internships, and executive development opportunities, CIDC empowers professionals at all levels.

Rajeev Jain - Sr. Director, CIDC

Skill shortage in India’s construction and infra development sector can have significant repercussions on project timelines, costs, and overall success. Delays in project timelines are inevitable when there's a scarcity of skilled professionals. The hiring process takes longer, and even after recruitment, onboarding and training can be time-consuming, leading to project setbacks.

In terms of cost, the demand for skilled workers often results in higher salaries and competition among companies to attract and retain talent. This increased wage pressure can inflate project costs, impacting budget allocations, and potentially leading to financial constraints for businesses.

Moreover, the quality of project deliverables may suffer due to the lack of skilled workforce, potentially leading to errors and rework. This, in turn, affects the overall success of projects, as meeting client expectations becomes challenging when there's a gap in expertise.

To address these challenges, it becomes crucial for companies and the government to invest in education and training programs, fostering a skilled workforce that aligns with the evolving needs of industries. Additionally, promoting a culture of continuous learning and upskilling can contribute to mitigating the impact of skill shortages on project outcomes in the long run.

CIDC’s tailored programs

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CIDC (Construction Industry Development Council) has been actively engaged in fostering skill development initiatives since its inception. CIDC's multifaceted approach to skill development encompasses recognizing existing skills to providing targeted training, encouraging educational pursuits, facilitating internships, and supporting the ongoing development of practicing engineers through executive programs. This comprehensive strategy ensures a holistic and adaptive approach to skill enhancement within the construction industry. The organization tailors programs to meet the specific requirements of individual companies. The programs can be broadly categorized as follows:

Recognition of Existing Skills: CIDC identifies skilled workers who haven't undergone formal training and lack valid proof of their skills. These workers are assessed and certified by CIDC.

Bridge Training Course: Individuals identified with skill gaps undergo short-duration on-site skilling programs to bridge these gaps. After about a month, they are re-assessed, and if improvements are observed, they receive certification.

Vertical Mobility Program: Workers with excellent knowledge and skills, along with a 12th-grade qualification, are recommended to pursue CIDC's Bachelor of Vocation program, providing them with opportunities for vertical career growth.

Internship for Engineering Students: CIDC offers both online and offline internships for engineering students. These internships aim to provide students with essential field exposure, helping them understand the practical applications of their academic knowledge.

Executive Development Program (EDP): Recognizing the need for practicing engineers to stay abreast of the latest developments, CIDC offers EDPs. These programs are designed to upgrade the knowledge and skills of professionals in response to industry advancements.

Our courses are aligned with equipment operations and maintenance: At CIDC, we prioritize staying abreast of evolving technologies, tailoring our courses to align with the dynamic landscape of equipment operations and maintenance in the construction industry. Regular updates and the introduction of new courses reflect our commitment to keeping pace with industry developments. Collaborating with manufacturing companies enhances our trainers' exposure, facilitating the creation of course material that meets the latest industry requirements.

Our commitment extends to offering need-based training programs, addressing the latest advancements in materials and technologies. These programs cater not only to workmen but also extend to field engineers, including public officers. This comprehensive approach ensures that our training remains relevant and equips professionals with the skills required in the ever-changing construction environment.

Networking with industry players is integral to our day-to-day operations:
CIDC, jointly established by the Government of India and the Construction Industry, serves as the apex nodal organization representing the construction sector. CIDC actively organizes conferences, seminars, and the prestigious Vishwakarma Awards, fostering collaboration and recognition within the construction industry.

Additionally, CIDC plays a pivotal role in registering credible material and machine manufacturers, establishing a network that enhances collaboration and support. This strategic engagement with manufacturers provides CIDC with a competitive edge in meeting industry needs.

Furthermore, CIDC responds to the industry's demand for skilled and certified manpower, acting as a reliable resource for connecting qualified professionals with construction projects. The collaborative nature of our functioning positions us as a central hub for industry networking, ensuring ongoing support and cooperation.

Addressing the skill shortage in India requires concerted efforts from the government and industry to overcome several key challenges.

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Curriculum Relevance: Aligning education and training programs with industry needs is crucial. There's a need to update curricula regularly to incorporate emerging technologies and industry trends.

Quality of Education: Improving the overall quality of education and vocational training is essential. This includes enhancing teaching methodologies, infrastructure, and the expertise of educators.

Infrastructure and Access: Ensuring that educational institutions, especially in rural areas, have adequate infrastructure and resources. Additionally, providing accessible and affordable skill development programs for all segments of the population is vital.

Industry Collaboration: Strengthening partnerships between the government and industry is critical. Collaborative initiatives can include internships, apprenticeships, and joint curriculum development to bridge the gap between academic learning and practical industry requirements.

Certification and Recognition: Establishing standardized certification processes and recognizing non-formal education and skill development programs will enhance the value of these skills in the job market.

Awareness and Counseling: Creating awareness about diverse career opportunities and providing career counseling services can guide individuals toward suitable skill development paths, aligning their interests with industry demands.

Technology Integration: Leveraging technology for online learning, skill assessment, and monitoring can enhance the scalability and effectiveness of skill development initiatives, especially in remote areas.

Incentivizing Skill Development: Offering incentives to both individuals and companies for engaging in skill development programs can encourage participation and investment in training.

Policy Framework: Establishing a robust policy framework that supports skill development, including regulatory reforms, financial incentives, and continuous evaluation of the effectiveness of existing policies.

Flexible Learning Models: Recognizing diverse learning styles and implementing flexible learning models, such as modular courses and micro-credentials, can accommodate the needs of a rapidly evolving job market.

By collectively addressing these challenges, the government and industry can build a more resilient and adaptive workforce, ultimately closing the skill gap in India.
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