He was speaking at the Constro 2012 inaugural session seminar. Present on the occasion were Director-NSDC &Vice President of CREDAI India Shekhar Reddy, President of CREDAI Pune- Maharashtra Satish Magar, President of Kushal Project J P Shroff, Vice Presidents of Credai Pune- Rohit Gera & Ranjit Naiknavre, Secretary Abhijit Achalare, Anuj Bhandari and Kapil Trimal.
Getting a skilled labour is an uphill task in construction industry. To overcome this issue, National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) along with CREDAI Pune Metro has initiated an unique program called Kushal. The main objective of “Kushal” is to impart practical skills to un-skilled & semi-skilled laborers.
“Giving training of international standards to unskilled labours is an intricate task in itself. Focusing more on practical knowledge rather than only technical information is done by Kushal. To take our nation on a growth path, Kushal is doing a commendable work, said Reddy.
Sharing more information Magar said, “Kushal is now appreciated on pan India basis for its unique training model which offers training to construction workers in six trades, i.e., shuttering carpentry, bar-bending, masonry, plumbing, painting and tiling. The uniqueness lies in providing learning opportunities to poor construction workers on the job and on the site free of cost, workers learn while they earn”.
"Since its inception, Kushal has trained and certified more than 1000 trainees in various trades through as many as 11 centers. The training module has been completed in Aloma County, Baner, My World, Baner, Tierra Viva, Baner, where as it is underway in Nanded City, Park Xpress, Blue Ridge, Hinjewadi, Ganga Bhagyoday, Nandan Inspera, Park Street, Rose Icon, Sarathi Group, Namrata Group. 30 expert trainers have specifically been appointed for this purpose. The course content has been professionally developed by experts of the field, informed Shroff.
Elaborating on the evaluation pattern Naiknavre informed that "during the training the labourer’s performance is evaluated daily by the trainer present onsite full time, intermediate evaluation and final evaluation which consists of an oral test and a pictorial test. After completion the laborers are awarded Certification by Builder’s Association of India (BAI)",
The ‘Kushal’ project aims to impart training without disturbing onsite work. The model consists of 80% on site training and only 20% classroom based training. The most measurable outcome of the program for the trainees is considerable wage rise leading to better living conditions of laborer’s, he added.