The programme incorporates the latest construction techniques, writes S. RAMESH

The construction sector, which has been facing a growing shortage of skilled labour, is now witnessing some signs of improvement as a few major players have taken up initiatives that will enhance the supply of skilled manpower and the productivity.


Following the example of Larsen and Toubro that has set up Construction Skills Training Institute to train the workforce, more skill development schools are being set up by the important players in the sector.

“The construction workforce in most of the developed nations are five to six times productive than in our country. If we can improve the productivity of our workforce by at least 15 to 20 percent, it will lead to a significant growth in the construction sector and reduce the shortage considerably,” says Managing Director of URC Constructions Private Limited C. Devarajan, who has set up a skill development school for construction workers – URC Gurukulam – at Erode last year.

“It is a step towards creating world-class workmanship. Simply put, we tell the workers how to do their work properly and professionally, achieving better results.

The programme incorporates the latest construction technologies with regular ground work and field-level training,” he said.

Most of the workers in the industry, according to Mr. Devarajan, are self-learnt and they experience trouble in learning to do things properly.

“The skill development schools address this problem and pave way for enhancing the output of the workers.

The training also translates into quality construction and helps the workers to get better pay for their skills,” he says.

The URC's school trains workers in various construction trades – carpentry, bar bending, steel fixing, masonry, plumbing, painting and electrical work.

Apart from attending theory classes, the students work at training yards and also at the construction sites. They also learn to use various types of construction equipment/goods including hammers, saws, nails, bars, wires, cement, bricks and even sand.

Instructions are given in the mother tongue of the students, a majority of whom are from northern parts of the country.

The company has plans to train over 6,000 workers, he says.


  • In developed countries workers are more skilled

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  • Training involves carpentry, and painting

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  • Instructions are given in mother tongue