Indian Plumbing Skills Council is all set to revolutionise the job market in the plumbing trade by introducing various specialised courses for unemployed youth. In the offing are courses especially designed for women and disabled too, apart from design programmes for niche markets.
A kitchen and bathroom designing programme will be introduced exclusively for women, and another Plumbing Design Programme for deaf and dumb persons, the visiting vice-president of IPSC Harpreet Singh informed, while delivering a talk on ‘Plumbing need of a healthy country’ here in the city.
Women plumbers will be roped in good numbers in order to curb the increasing crime against home-makers. A pilot project towards this will soon begin in Delhi, Mr. Singh noted. A special programme on ‘Swimming Pool Design’ is also planned, to serve the increasing number of luxury homes with indoor and roof-top swimming pools.
With people spending more on bathroom fittings and sanitary luxuries, than they spend on drawing room comforts, significance of plumbing cannot be merely limited to fixing up a tap or water in or water out, Mr.Singh observed.
India needs 12 lakh trained plumbers by 2020, while the current population of plumbers, whether skilled or unskilled, is only 2.5 lakh, he said. “Plumbing has grown so much over time that it is no more a part of construction industry, but evolved as separate discipline,” Mr.Singh noted.
Not the construction industry alone, but plumbing services are also required by gas and petroleum industries also, he said, and recalled a request by GAIL to supply 5,000 trained plumbers, and by Indian Railways for 10,000 plumbers.
Mr. Singh launched a training course for plumbers by IPSC, under the National Skill Development Council, Union Ministry of Finance, in the state. Dhanush Engineering Services India is appointed as authorised training partner here.
The courses are offered in three categories, namely for the jobs of Plumber Helper, Plumber Assistant and Plumber General, all of 30-day duration. Anybody who is able to read and write and has Aadhar card is eligible for the training program. The fee of Rs.2,000 will be reimbursed at the end of the programme.
Mr. Singh informed that a total of ten levels of training programmes will be offered, with the Level Ten being equal to a PhD in plumbing.
Almost 3,000 people from all over India have already registered for the programs. IPSC currently has 56 training partners across the country, with another 27 approved and yet to be appointed. Nearly 1800 trainers are registered with it as trainers.
More information about the courses is on the website ‘www.meptrainings.com’. Alternatively, one may call 9908080813/16.
Those interested can also visit or call branches located across the city, at Kukatpally (40063771), Ameerpet (9908080813), Attapur (9246368870), Charminar (9246297821) and Kishan Bagh (9394572121).