How real estate body is intending to bridge the gap left by migrant workers

In the wake of changing market dynamics, the Pune chapter of CREDAI (Confederation of Real Estate Developers’ Associations of India) has announced a drive to train and hire youth across the state in Pune’s real estate and construction sector. The move is intended to bridge the gap left by the exodus of migrant labourers.

‘Kushalta’, the initiative from CREDAI-Pune Metro will be launched to train around 50,000 youth across villages and towns and transform them into a skilled workforce for the State, as well as Pune district’s burgeoning real estate sector. It will involve training around 1,000 youngsters.

Talking about the development, the president of CREDAI-Pune Metro, Suhas Merchant said, “We estimate that around 70 per cent of the migrant labour population in the State has gone back to their hometowns during the COVID-19-induced lockdown.”

“There is a massive labour shortage plaguing the construction sector in the district and the State, and there is tremendous uncertainty on when these migrant labourers will return,” he added.

According to Suhas Merchant, ‘Kushalta’ will also provide local youth an employment opportunity. “We plan to train 50,000 youth from the State’s rural hinterland and towns and transform them into a skilled and semi-skilled workforce in the construction segment,” he said.

Besides working closely with the local administration across the State to source the youth, the confederation will soon issue advertisements in this regard. Realtor J.P. Shroff, who heads the Kushal CREDAI wing said their past experience of training over 35,000 construction workers in making them more efficient and productive, would be the key driver of this initiative.

In a bid to help the trainees to adapt to the work climate, separate training modules would be developed in the construction sector. Once the lockdown is lifted, the free training programmes and workshops will be conducted in Pune. The contractors will provide for their food and lodging.

“The CREDAI will act as a facilitator in the process of training and placement,” said Aditya Javdekar, Secretary of CREDAI Pune Metro. “The relevant details for the enrolment to these programmes will be announced soon,” he added.

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