New ‘skill centre’ to beat labour shortage

To beat the labour shortage, Chamber of Industrial and commercial undertakings (CICU) on Wednesday started a unique skill development centre in which they will be teaching computers courses related to quality control for workers and supervisors. The centre was inaugurated by Mayor H S Gohalwaria.

This is a first of its kind individual effort by any industrial association though the government has also planned other skill development centres. Upkar Singh, joint secretary of CICU, said: "In our computer centre, courses have been designed regarding web designing, graphic designers, ERP, tally and many other courses as per the needs of the industry. In addition to this, we have also a basic course in computers."

CICU has done a tie-up with Dorbic Multimedia, who will be running these courses. The training charges of participants will be shared by CICU as well as the firm. Upkar said: "We will no doubt run training courses on our own and will provide these to train workers in factories as per the needs sent to us. In addition to this, the skill development centre will also be training employees of respective companies, as per the requirement of the companies."

CICU members said that there is a 30 per cent labour shortage and skill development centres are the answer to beat the shortage. "We are in dire shortage of web designers, graphic designers etc, so this course was planned. The courses range from one week to 3 months," added a CICU member.

The centres will also provide courses on measurement of products, calibrations for supervisors and even for workers. "These courses are for quality control and normally companies suffer huge losses when quality norms are not fulfilled because of lack of skilled workers. So our course will try to fill this gap," said Avtar Singh, general secretary of CICU.

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