Kerala Academy for Skills Excellence (KASE), under Department of Labour, a Government of Kerala undertaking has established Indian Institute of Infrastructure & Construction (IIIC) at Chavara in Kollam District. KASE identified 93-year-old Uralungal Labour Contract Co-operative Society ULCCS as the skilling partner for offering Skill development programmes. The objective of IIIC is to conduct courses for the skill development of workers and managers in the infrastructure and construction sectors. With its strong experience in the construction sector, ULCCS is ideally positioned to take the lead in transforming IIIC into a state-of-the-art skill institute. ULCCS has established a separate division namely UL Education to promote higher education, skill development, entrepreneurship and to improve employability with collaborators from across the globe. In India, there is a growing awareness about the need for skill development. ULCCS intends to improve employability through appropriate skilling process with industry interface across the globe.

Opportunities in Skill development

National Policy for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship envisage that India is one of the youngest nations in the world with more than 62% of its population in the working age group (15-59 years), and more than 54% of its total population below 25 years of age. To reap this demographic dividend which is expected to last for next 25 years, India needs to equip its workforce with employable skills and knowledge so that they can contribute substantively to the economic growth of the country. It clearly substantiates the urgent need to improve the quantity and quality of skill development initiatives in the country.

Even though Kerala is a totally literate state huge skill gap exists among students, graduates and diploma holders. 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 the National Occupational Standards (NOS).

Recent study reports done by Deloitte for National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) reveals that the population of Kerala is expected to increase to about 358 lakhs in 2022. As per the methodology adopted the estimated incremental manpower supply in Kerala from 2012 to 2022 will be about 31.2 lakhs.