Success in education depends on appropriate skilling
The Government of Kerala through KASE has set up Indian Institute of Infrastructure and Construction (IIIC) at Chavara, Kollam, which is of international standards with the aim of offering high end courses in Construction Engineering and Management and also providing skill training for workforce ranging from trades including masonry, carpentry, plumbing...
KERALA ACADEMY FOR SKILLS EXCELLENCE (KASE), a Section 25 Company (incorporated under Section 25 Companies Act 1965) under the Department of Labour and Skills, Government of Kerala, is formed with the objective of moulding skilled and employable youth who are competent to utilize the job opportunities across the globe and thus attain a livelihood.As the skilling arena is new and the sectors...
The Uralungal Labour Contract Co-operative Society Ltd. (ULCCS), hails from a rural pocket in Malabar region in North Kerala. Acknowledged as the best Labour Co-operative Society in India by Indian Co-operative Congress 2013.ULCCS was formed in 1925 by the eminent social reformer Sri Guru Vagbhatananda in a remote hamlet called Uralungal...
Kerala state depends on migrant workers for the various jobs needed. The dependence on Migrant labourers in Kerala is found mainly in the field of construction. The city of Kollam and other places like Punalur, Paravur in Kollam district, Perumbavoor, Thrissur etc. are slowly becoming overwhelmed with a number of migrants from North India. So an institute for developing the unskilled domestic labours as well as migrant labourers has become an essential need in Kerala. The main aim behind this institute is to train masons to upgrade their skills and get a certification from the Britain-based organisation, City and Guilds. Foundation stone was laid by the then Chief Minister of Kerala Mr. Oommen Chandy on 15 March 2013. In May 2018, The Kerala Academy for Skills Excellence (KASE) decide to partner with The Uralungal Labour Contract Society Ltd (ULCCS Ltd) to collaborate in courses offered at IIIC-Kollam under KASE. A MoU in this regard is signed on May 30 in the presence of Labour and Excise Minister for Kerala.
Indian Institute of Infrastructure and Construction (IIIC) at Chavara, Kollam, the institute is being built on a 9.02 acres (36,500 m2) campus along the NH-66, near Chavara in Kollam Metropolitan Area. KASE has developed a Master Plan and detailed design for the campus with 235,100 square feet (21,800 m2) of facilities including an administrative block, training block, canteen and substation, etc. Total estimated project cost is Rs. 100 Crores. The main Building is 1.5 lakh square feet and has 38 classrooms, 10 office rooms, canteen etc. The hostel Building is 35,000 square feet with 54 rooms, Canteen etc.
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Taking into account the importance of skill development, the Government of Kerala is implementing many skill development programmes so as to reduce the skill gap and to promote employability. The Kerala Academy for Skills Excellence along with the Uralungal Labour Contract Co-operative Society Ltd. is involved in implementing appropriate skill development programmes through the newly established Indian Institute of Infrastructure and Construction at Chavara, Kollam to offer customised skill development programmes.
I am sure that the courses provided by the institute can facilitate job placements among unemployed youth based on their interest and aptitude.
I wish this institute all the success.
It is a matter of great pride for Keralites that Government of Kerala is launching Indian Institute of Infrastructure and Construction at Chavara in Kollam district to give more thrust to skill development. Department of Labour and Skills, Government of Kerala have initiated and is being involved in implementing various programmes to promote skill-based ecosystem within the State. In the changing scenario, our youth must be equipped to meet the new challenges in the education and career sector. This can only be met through implementing stakeholder-based skill development programmes. I am sure that Indian Institute of Infrastructure and Construction will meet the skill needs of the society and will promote employablity among unemployed youth. I wish the institute all success.
ULCCS in association with Kerala Academy for skills excellence is in the process of reducing skill gap among unemployed youths through Indian institute of Infrastructure and Construction. Objective of IIIC is to provide world class skill development programmes and promote employability with the help of institutions of repute within the country and abroad. Even though Kerala is a totally literate state huge skill gap exists among students, graduates and diploma holders. Although the state is far ahead of the national average in many aspects of development such as literacy, increasing gross enrolment ratio at higher education level, access to healthcare, etc., there is a huge deficiency in the skill development front. Hence, it is the need of the hour to set up a high-quality, world class skill development academy with the objective of providing skill-based training to the youth. The stakeholders will be of different levels of qualification as prescribed by National Occupational Standards (NOS).
ULCCS’s skill initiatives will surely position Indian Institute of Infrastructure and Construction to a global level. It will offer courses based on the interest, aptitude and goal of the student with appropriate industry interface. Semi- skilled segment is expected to emerge as the largest category of supply and account for 11.3 Lakhs or 36% of the incremental workforce closely followed by minimally skilled workforce (35% of incremental workforce). While this employee segment would have undergone some skill based training post schooling, to ensure their employability, this training has to be aligned to the industry demands. Also, the training should be augmented with non-technical skills like soft skills, life skills, etc. since most of the new entrants are expected to be absorbed in the services sector.
IIIC is a unique opportunity for both experienced and upcoming workforce in the Civil Engineering field to top-up and leverage the expertise required to be job-ready in the construction industry. The tie-ups IIIC has with European Universities will further help in securing global placements in major corporations reiterating the intellectual capital and skills of Keralaites in international job arena. We urge students and professionals in the industry to use this facility to launch their career.
Across the World, skill developing is emerging as one of the potential catalysts for augmenting employability. Recent study reports done by Deloitte for National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) reveals that population of Kerala is expected to increase up to 358 lakhs in 2022. The estimated incremental manpower supply in Kerala by 2022 will be around 31.2 lakhs. Incremental manpower supply can be further classified into skilled, semi-skilled and minimally- skilled as per education qualifications and estimated output of educational and vocational training institutes in the state. At a time automation is acquiring momentum across the globe with spectacular growth in services sector, IIIC can play a key role in this sector.
As Director of Indian Institute of Infrastructure and Construction (IIIC), I consider myself fortunate in providing infrastructure and construction services in rebuilding our nation. We update ourselves with the latest technologies, tools, and techniques in the field of infrastructure and construction domain.Quality is our differentiator. We always monitor and control projects cost and quality for project success. We provide a platform where students can interact with the best minds across the globe. The facilities at IIIC is one of the best in the nation, and I am confident in taking this organization to the next level by collaborating with international organisations. I am confident, with the cooperation and support of all our stakeholders, we will be able to achieve the vision of IIIC.