The Uralungal Labour Contract Cooperative Society Limited (ULCCS) is one of the oldest labour contract societies in India. ULCCS was established in 1925 and during more than nine decades of its existence has developed a repute of its own in completing projects within the time and cost limits with superior quality. As a key player in civil infrastructure development, ULCCS feels it is natural for it to extend its expertise in developing Intellectual infrastructure in the areas of education, skill development and entrepreneurship. UL Education is conceptualised to achieve this.
UL Education is expected to make revolutionary changes in the school and higher education sectors in the country and the schemes are designed with the Uralungal philosophy of adopting world class quality in all its functioning.
Kerala Academy for Skills Excellence (KASE), a Government of Kerala undertaking signed MoU with ULCCS through which ULCCS has been identified as the skilling partner for running Indian Institute of Infrastructure & Construction (IIIC) at Chavara in Kollam District, Kerala. The objective of IIIC is to conduct courses for the skill development of workers and managers in 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 named UL Education to promote higher education, skill development, entrepreneurship, employability with collaborators from across the globe.
Objectives of IIIC
1. Establishing a world class Skill Centre, as centre of excellence, for imparting international quality skill sets to the personnel in Construction industry of all cadre, right from the labourers to the top managerial personnel.
2. Maximize the reach of the Skill Centre in terms of capacity intake as well as sub sectors covered and the area of reach.
3. Obtain Accreditation of world class organizations/ institutions
4. Obtain high recognition for the courses of the Skill Centre across the globe
5. Ensure maximum employment through linking the courses with employment vide industrial tie ups. Facilitate campus recruitment.
6. To offer courses in the emerging areas of education, skill development, and entrepreneurship based on career trends.
7. To facilitate Student Entrepreneurship programme to promote entrepreneurial ecosystem in the campuses.
8. To promote start-up ventures and to develop appropriate Business models
In India there is a growing awareness about the need for skill development . According to the National Policy for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, 2015, “Today, 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. It is further estimated that the average age of the population in India by 2020 will be 29 years as against 40 years in USA, 46 years in Europe and 47 years in Japan. In fact, during the next 20 years the labour force in the industrialized world is expected to decline by 4%, while in India it will increase by 32%. This poses a formidable challenge and a huge opportunity. 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. Our country presently faces a dual challenge of paucity of highly trained workforce, as well as non-employability of large sections of the conventionally educated youth, who possess little or no job skills.”
Therefore, there is an urgent need to improve the quantity and quality of skill development initiatives in the country.
Unemployment in Kerala
Even though Kerala is a totally literate state huge skill gap exists among students, graduates and diploma holders. Although the state is far ahead of the national average in many aspects of development such as literacy, increasing gross enrolment ratio at higher education level, access to healthcare, etc., there is a huge deficiency in the skill development front. According to the 5th Annual Employment-Unemployment Survey 2015-16 conducted by Ministry of Labour & Employment, Government of India, among major states, Kerala has the highest unemployment rate of 12.5 as against the all-India level of 5 percent. Only two small states viz. Sikkim and Tripura have a higher unemployment rate than Kerala.
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 National Occupational Standards (NOS).
Recent study reports done by Deloitte for National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) reveals that 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. Incremental manpower supply can be further classified into skilled, semi-skilled and minimally- skilled as per education qualifications and estimated output of educational and vocational training institutes in the state.
Some of the key trends observed on the supply side include
• Semi- skilled segment is expected to emerge as the largest category of supply over the 2012-22 period and account for 11.3 Lakhs or 36% of the incremental workforce closely followed by minimally skilled workforce (35% of incremental workforce). While this employee segment would have undergone some skill based training post schooling, to ensure their employability, this training has to be aligned to the industry demands. Also, the training should be augmented with non-technical skills like soft skills, life skills, etc. since most of the new entrants are expected to be absorbed in the services sector.
• The trend of migration is expected to be outward across skill levels. According to recent reports this number may be higher since the youth expectations of compensation may not be matched by the industry, especially in the minimally skilled roles. However, there is a trend towards inward migration from other states, especially for minimally skilled jobs in sectors like building and construction and hospitality.
• Over the period of time the proportion of incremental supply of minimally skilled manpower is expected to decline from 38% in the 2012-17 period to 32% in the 2018-22 periods. This may be attributed to improved enrolment and transition at the high school level, coupled with high pass ratio in the state.
• The incremental supply of manpower is also expected to be increased significantly due to workforce moving from agriculture and other sectors showing negative growth and/ or negative employment elasticity to the supply market.
Uralungal Labour Contract Cooperative Society Ltd. (ULCCS) is a 93 year old cooperative based in Kerala. Through its steadfast commitment to quality and time-bound execution of projects, ULCCS has grown into one of the most reputed infrastructure contractors in this region. It is involved in the execution of large road, bridge and building projects in all parts of Kerala. From its humble origins in the village of Uralungal in North Kerala, it has grown into a well-known infrastructure contractor which currently executes projects worth over Rs 2000 Crores.
ULCCS has diversified into education and skill development. Education and related activities are organised under a new division UL Education. ULCCS is conceptualising UL Education as a series of multipronged interventions at elementary, secondary, tertiary, higher education and skill education levels for developing skilled workforce under technical, supervisory and managerial capacities. UL Education is expected to make revolutionary changes in the school and higher education sectors in the country and the schemes are designed with the Uralungal philosophy of adopting world class quality in all its functioning. Major objectives include creating skilled workforce and to ensure employability.
Kerala Academy for Skills Excellence (KASE), a government of Kerala undertaking has established Indian Institute of Infrastructure & Construction (IIIC) at Chavara in Kollam District. The objective of IIIC is to conduct courses for the skill development of workers and managers in infrastructure and construction sectors.
The Academy is being set up in a 9.025 acre campus at Chavara, located by the side of the NH47, on Kollam – Karunagappally stretch. The campus would have around 2,10,000 Sq.ft. built up space, to be completed in two phases. Out of this construction of phase one of 1,86,389 sq.ft. has been completed. The first phase comprises of Administrative cum academic block having three training workshops of approx. 7500 Sq.ft each, 32 class rooms with 30/40 students capacity, 6 class rooms with 15 students capacity, two computer rooms, 4 office rooms, 5 staff rooms, 1 lift, space for utilities etc.
Skill development is one of the areas that UL Education will be focusing on in the coming years. Since there is a very good correlation between the objectives of KASE and ULCCS, it would be in the interest of both parties to run a unique skill development centre at IIIC. This proposal describes the plan for the operation and management of IIIC by UL Education. If selected, ULCCS in association with KASE will launch skill development programmes and courses at IIIC including soft skills from 2018 July onwards.