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, electrical etc., to draftsman with CAD expertise, supervisor and site manager etc. IIIC would impart skill training for technical personnel like ITI certificate-holders, diploma holders and engineering graduates, and would make them readily employable in national and international market. The possibility to affiliate with organisations like Singapore Building Construction College, National Construction Academy of UK etc. is being explored. At present, the first phase construction of IIIC has been completed, and the classes are expected to commence shortly. Majority of the construction labour are migrants. The new entrants as well as the existing workers lack technical knowledge and work skills required for the construction industry in general and infrastructure construction in particular. The skill gap is felt in the supervisory level as well as middle and top managerial levels also. Personnel with commensurate knowledge in construction techniques and best practices are not available and the lack of practical exposure to the students passing out of Engineering colleges or ITIs necessitates them to undergo courses that are designed to impart required skill sets to make them readily employable.
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 are too vast to handle with the Government expertise, KASE has undertaken a Public Private Partnership (PPP) Model to conduct the International skill development and employability program (iSTEP) to train and place students/job seekers. KASE as the State Skill Development Mission incorporated to pursue its main objectives to promote, establish, setup, monitor, govern and regulate institutions and academies for skills excellence for development of core employability skills, competency standards and for promoting technology that meets the demands of various industries globally.
Indian Institute of Infrastructure and Construction (IIIC), an academy for skill development in the infrastructure and construction sector, has been set up by KASE to tide over the acute shortage of skilled professionals. The Indian Institute of Infrastructure and Construction (IIIC) at Chavara, Kollam, is of International Standards with the aim of offering high end courses in Construction Engineering and Management and also providing skill training for the workforce ranging from trades including masonry, carpentry, plumbing, electrical to draftsman with CAD expertise, supervisor and site manager etc. IIIC would impart skill training for technical personnel like ITI certificate-holders, diploma holders and engineering graduates, and would make them readily employable in the national and international market. IIIC is not just meant for the training of lower level workers alone. Right from workers to higher managerial cadre, all levels of personnel will be moulded by the academy through its well laid down courses. Depending on the industry needs and availability of candidates, the academy shall be offering courses, especially on futuristic and high end construction practices.
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 near Vatakara in Kozhikode District of Kerala, as a novel mass movement against the anarchies of the caste system prevalent in those days. It has grown today as a name synonymous with quality, workmanship, precision and efficiency in Construction work, especially that of roads and bridges in Kerala. It began with 14 members and a capital of 6 Annas (old Indian currency) equivalent to about Rs. 0.37. This union of skilled workers who had lost their jobs due to their fight against superstitions and partisan practices during 1920s and ‘30s, formed for solving their unemployment, played a crucial role in developing infrastructure in Independent India. By religiously following the ideals of social harmony, inclusion and selfless service that bonded the initial members of the union, ULCCS has grown to be the biggest Labour Contract Society in the State, providing direct employment to more than 6000 workers from rural areas.