MoU signed to upgrade, certify skills of Odisha construction workers

Reported by Santosh Jagdev
Bhubaneswar, May 20:

OP Jindal Community College (OPJCC), a pan India skills development Initiative of the Jindal Foundation, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Odisha Building and Other Construction Workers’ Welfare Board (OB & OCWB) for  upgrading and certifying the  skills of  construction workers in the State.


The MoU signed between state Labour Commissioner Smt Shalini Pandit and the Director of OP Jindal Community College, Miriam Carter is expected to benefit thousands of construction workers in Odisha who are registered with the Welfare Board.

The skills up-gradation exercise as enumerated in the MoU shall have two entry level categories, each aligned with the National Skills Qualification Framework (NSQF) in Bar Bending, Masonary, Shuttering, Carpentry, Plumbing, Painting, and Scaffolding trades.

As per the terms of the MoU, which is valid until April 2018, OPJCC will impart training on construction sites throughout the state.  The current skills of workers will be strengthened in terms of national occupational standards for the respective trades, including knowledge, behavioural and practical competences. OPJCC will coordinate with Ministry empanelled partners to conduct the assessment and provide government certificates to qualified candidates.

Skill certification is a critical requirement in the construction industry sector to ensure proper deployment, safety standards and productivity of the workforce. Certified workers will be eligible to work in India and abroad.

“This is a great opportunity to partner with the Government of Odisha to advance the nation’s goal to ‘Make in India’.  Upgrading construction workers is an imperative for numerous civil and industrial development projects, as well as improving the productivity of self-employed individuals. The work of the Jindal Foundation underpins our efforts to contribute to “Nation Building,” said Carter.

OPJCC is located In Angul and Barbil, Odisha, as well as in Chhattisgarh, and Jharhand. The colleges are renowned for exemplary vocational skills development, training of trainers, and preparing learners for the workforce in high-demand, high-growth technical trades.

OPJCC is an empanelled training provider for the Ministry of Skills Development and Entrepreneurship’s Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) of Construction Workers’ Scheme.

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