Holistic Human Resource Development (HHRD) for The Marginalised Segment Of Indian Society:
The initiative focuses on empowerment of individuals through training and skill upgradation leading to a trained, tested and certified individual who is job ready for the Indian Construction Industry.
The Indian Construction Industry is the second largest employer after agriculture and has over 30 million workers out of which 83% are unskilled. This results in lower earning potential, Gender discrimination, limited prospects for growth, lack of awareness regarding health, safety and, environmental issues and indifferent working conditions. .
Construction Industry, being the second largest economic activity, also enjoys the stature of a substantial employment generating entity. With the present capabilities to construct the assets valuing at Rs. 340,000 crores annually, the Industry employs over 31 million citizens. Almost 83% of this segment of populace is categorized as unskilled work force, belonging to unorganized sector. Low value addition & lower productivity are some of the obvious resultants, leading to lower quality of life and no career growth prospects for the work force.
In order to improve the work performance of construction industry and to generate value added employment opportunities, Construction Industry Development Council (CIDC) as the apex organization representing the Government and the construction Industry, had initiated a country wide Human Resource Development initiative focused on developing a formidable work force to fructify various Infrastructure Development Projects in the Nation and also abroad.
Through a concerted effort and effective partnerships with central and provincial governments, multilateral funding agencies, donor organizations, NGOs and other like-minded institutes and individuals CIDC has launched various nationwide programmes for the training and welfare of construction workers.
The CIDC proprietary model for supporting livelihoods programmes for weaker and marginalized sections of the Indian society includes empowerment of participants especially women, members of socially challenged Groups, unemployed youth, people living below the poverty line and Jail Convicts. The delivery of the programmes is aimed at Social Service with special emphasis on Gender Equality and Social Inclusion.
CIDC participates in various rural livelihood and poverty alleviation programmes in different provinces / states of India to achieve the objectives. The trained human resources are employed with the construction companies or become small entrepreneurs working on construction projects. The work provides them assured income and helps raise their self esteem leading to a better economic and social profile. The resultant impact is significant Poverty reduction and improved livelihoods in the geographical catchment where the programmes are held including enhanced consumption levels.
The CIDC initiative has helped raise awareness of all stakeholders towards the problem of all inclusive and braodbased development and growth .As a result, some state governments have drafted policies stating a minimum percentage of all workforce employed on their projects needs to be trained, tested and certified through CIDC programmes.
With a pan India footprint, the programme is increasingly being patronized by both corporate and development sectors. The sustainability of the programme lies in the fact that it has now spread to 17 states and has benefited over 200,000 citizens with a target to train, test and certify over 500,000 people in 2008-09.