Pidilite Industries Ltd, one of the leading companies in adhesive, sealants and plumbing segment, initiated the first skill development program for the plumbing fraternity in Mumbai under Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana; (PMKVY). Over 50 plumbers have already been trained and certified under this program. Pidilite aims to train over 1000 plumbers across country in this fiscal year.
PMKVY is an initiative by Hon. Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi under Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE). This skill certification and reward scheme aims to enable and mobilize a large number of Indian youth to take up skill training and become employable and earn their livelihood.
Plumbing has been selected as the core initiative for skill development under the National Skill development program and Pidilite will partner with the Indian Plumbing Skills Council (IPSC) to train plumbers across India under this initiative.
Mr. Rajesh Joshi, President-Sales, Consumer Product-Maintenance, Pidilite Ltd, said, We are proud to be associated with the Indian Plumbing Skills Council. As an industry, plumbing plays a paramount role in providing potable water, safe sanitation and water conservation apart from ensuring safety of buildings and their occupants. It is crucial that plumbers are trained and provided with required skill-sets. We are extremely delighted from the kind of response that we received from our first batch and hope to reach out to 1000 plumbers in 6 months.;
As opposed to developed countries, where the percentage of skilled workforce is between 60% and 90% of the total workforce, India records a low 5% of workforce (20-24 years) with formal vocational skills. Therefore there is an urgent need for speedy reorganization of the ecosystem of skill development and entrepreneurship promotion in the country to suit the needs of the industry.
According to a National Skill Development Council survey, just 0.5 per cent of plumbers in the country are trained. There is a requirement of 12 lakh trained plumbers by 2020, while the current availability is 2.5 lakh, with most of them untrained or self-trained.
Through the training program Pidilite along with the IPSC would share the best practices and latest technology with the plumbing community. The program will help to enhance the skill of plumbers. As a pre-requisite, a plumbing laboratory has been set up at Pidilite Mumbai headquarters where the plumbers would get practical knowledge along with some classroom sessions with the experts.
About Pidilite Industries Ltd.
Pidilite Industries Limited has been a pioneer in consumer and specialties chemicals in India. Over two-third of the company sale comes from products and segments it has pioneered in India. Its product range includes Adhesives and Sealants, Construction and Paint Chemicals, Automotive Chemicals, Art Materials, Industrial Adhesives, Industrial and Textile Resins and Organic Pigments and Preparations. Most of the products have been developed through strong in-house RD. Pidilite is also growing its international presence through acquisitions and setting up manufacturing facilities and sales offices in important regions around the world. Fevicol is now the largest selling adhesives brand in Asia.
About Indian Plumbing Skills Council (IPSC):
The IPSC is a Public Private Partnership (PPP) partner of National Skills Development Corporation (NSDC). It acts as an accrediting and certifying body; and works to fill the gap of skilled and unskilled labour in India. For this purpose, IPSC partners with associations and organisations who share the same vision, and works to upgrade the skill deficit in the plumbing industry.