OJT or On Job Training launched by CIDC throughout the country is garnering much interest and acceptability in the industry, says Sunil Mahajan, Director Construction Industry Development Council. The programme based on a combined theory and on-site practical training format has been widely welcomed by all segments of the industry. The programme includes 30 days of intense orientation, hands on practicals and theory classes including technical skills and soft skills required on the field. This phase is conducted partly at the regional centres and partly at CIDC’s main training centre in Faridabad. The next phase involves trainees in batches of around 20 each, being deployed together with a master trainer, at a construction site. The trainer guides and supervises the work being done by the trainees. This phase lasts for 60 days.
In the final phase, the contractor at the end of two months of OJT training has the first right of refusal to employ any or all of the trainees. In this kind of a programme, the host company has the advantage of being able to select employees who are relatively well-educated (generally 12Th pass, graduates and even some post- graduates) and can be groomed in-house for senior supervisory roles in the future in return of a marginal stipend plus costs of living and accommodation. Currently around 43 leading construction companies have signed MOUs with CIDC for participation in this programme. Around 3240 personnel have since been trained and placed across the country with another 1700 undergoing this training or registered for it.