NEW DELHI: PNB Housing Finance Limited (PNBHFL) signed a Letter of Intent (LoI) with CREDAI (The Confederation of Real Estate Developers Association of India) CSR Foundation to train 13,000 construction workers on- site and off-site, pan India. As part of this initiative, PNB Housing Finance and CREDAI CSR have collaborated with 8 skill institutes, to roll out the program in select cities across 15 states. The states to be covered in this are – Delhi, Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Gujarat, Haryana, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal.
Under this initiative, the skill development training programs reinforce the prior learning of workers, thereby including them in mainstream workforce assuring formal, continuous employment and its benefits. It also aims to upgrade skills of construction workers to meet global benchmarks, which in turn, shall increase the productivity of the workforce.
In their five years’ partnership with CREDAI, PNBHFL has so far trained about 27,500 candidates as a part of this intervention. The Company thus provides skill training in the trade of masonry, bar bending, shuttering, electrical, painting, welding, fabrication, and plumbing. The program is being closely monitored by Construction Skill Development Council of India, which help in assessing the initiative’s implementation, progress and result.
Sanjaya Gupta, Managing Director, PNB Housing Finance said, “The initiative is in line with Government’s Skill India Mission program, a vision to make India the World’s Skill Capital. With this partnership, we believe that we will be able to make the construction workers enhance their skills, earn better wages in times to come and thereby upgrade their lives & families. The collaboration with CREDAI is one more such step towards our continued efforts aimed at their overall upliftment and empowerment across India.”
Satish Magar, President CREDAI National, said, ” Aligned with Hon’ble PM’s vision of making India the Skill capital of the World, CREDAI has consistently undertaken conscious efforts towards uplifting the professional and social lives of thousands of workers across India.” I