Bangalore, 29th June 2016: CREDAI flagged – off the South Zone competition for the event India Skills 2016/World Skill Competition 2017, today at CREDAI member developer site. Mr. Irfan Razak inaugurated the event, with Jitendra Thakker as the Guest of honour. The competition was conducted by CREDAI’s Associate Partners, Kushal & Rustomjee Academy for Global Careers (RAGC). Mr. Kavish Thakwani and Gladwin formed the Jury for this prestigious competition.
Ramesh Baral & Indrajit Mahato were announced as the winners in Bricklaying out of 22 participants and Amul Sheikh & Shankar Roy in Wall & Floor Tiling out of 22 participants for the South zone. The winners were awarded with a certificate of recognition and reward money worth Rs. 2000 per person. The regional competitions are being held across the 4 zones. The winners from each zone (4 zones in all) will climb up to compete at the National level competition to be held in Kushal, Pune on the 3rd and 4th of July. 2 workers from each skill set (i.e. 8 in all) will be nominated to the India Skill Competition to be held in Kanpur on 15thof July in the presence of the Hon’ble Prime Minster of India, Shri. Narendra Modi. The winners of the India Skills event will then be trained by CREDAI at Kushal for the World Skills Competition to be held in Abu Dhabi in 2017 and will be awarded Rs 1 Lakh each as prize money.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Jitendra Thakker, Chairman – Skills Development Committee, CREDAI, said “The participants get plenty of encouragement to improve their skill sets by undergoing this training and appear for the competitions held at the regional, national and international levels. The courses offered address from the worker to the owner where contractors and managers are also provided with training in management, administration. It thus reaches beyond merely improving labour skills. This year about 27000 labourers were trained and also certified.”
Referring to Parsuraman, a mason who went past the regional and national level competitions to win the World Skill award, Thakker further added, “Such achievements motivate other labourers to follow suit, receive training and excel. This current venture is bound to see a sea change in the coming years in the productivity and performance of the labour force and the quality of work rendered.”
Mr. Irfan Razack, CMD – Prestige Group and Chairman – CREDAI National, said, “We are delighted to be associated with this initiative and showcase our support to CREDAI and NSDC towards their mission of making India the Skills Capital of the world. These competitions provide an opportunity to these workers to showcase their talent and represent India at an international platform, which is one-of-a-kind for them.”
When Mr. R. Nagaraj Reddy, Chairman, CREDAI, Karnataka, was asked about his thoughts on the event, he said “The primary factor we are concerned with is quality, more than the quantity of workers. To implement this we have had a competition to determine their level of skill, and to test their employment capabilities. “
Lauding the efforts of NSDC, he added, “This initiative of CREDAI with NSDC will not only improve the skill sets of the labour force, enabling them to offer quality work, increasing their productivity as well as improving the efficiency of their performance, in turn making them more employable; it will also increase their confidence and self-esteem, creating better citizens.”
Speaking on the training given to the labour force under the aegis of NSDC, Jagadish Babu President CREDAI Karnataka said, “CREDAI Karnataka is working at setting up training centres in its nine city Chapters to offer training to the labour force. These training centres will be run by the local Chapters where the labourers will be given on the site training. This will be a continuous ongoing program happening through the year.”
CREDAI entered in the world of skill development with its flagship program “Kushal” in 2011. Since, then CREDAI has been focussing a lot in skill training of construction workers. Taking cognizance of CREDAI’s commitment towards developing the skill of construction workers, PNB Housing Finance Limited (PNBHFL) associated with it for upscaling the construction workers under its CSR initiative. With the support and trust of PNBHFL CREDAI is expanding skill training of construction workers across India. So far CREDAI has trained more than 27000 construction workers.