Coimbatore Industrial Infrastructure Association (COINDIA) will train about 400 candidates this year under a programme of the Tamil Nadu Government. Mahendra Ramdas, president of the association, said that the Tamil Nadu Skill Development Corporation has sanctioned Rs. 1.25 crore for it.
The candidates get Rs. 100 a day as stipend during the three month course and on successful completion of the programme, will be helped to find employment in industries here. The training comes as a package where, apart from the stipend, accommodation is arranged for the candidates and they are given study materials too.
“The Educational Training Centre at COINDIA has trained about 8,000 people in the last 10 years and more than 5,000 have been placed too,” he said.
With attrition and retirement of workers, capacity expansions and new industries coming up, the need for skilled manpower is high in the district in the engineering industry and foundries.
For the last two years, the Central and State Governments are emphasizing on skill development and COINDIA has added classrooms at its training facility. It is training turners, milling operators, welders, electricians, and machinists. There is a huge demand for its CAD/CAM training too, Mr. Ramdas said.
It took up a pilot project for two years and trained 60 people under the Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Grameen Kaushalya Yojana (DDU-GKY) and is likely to train 1,000 people under this scheme in this region.
Further, a Kerala-based bank has taken up skill development under its corporate social responsibility and is implementing it with SB Global Educational Resources. COINDIA will soon sign an agreement to train 400 candidates this year in engineering skills under the project, he added.
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