Ludhiana, February 6, 2013: “Skilled labour is the most critical challenge being faced by the industry in the region today. There is a dire need to promote vocational training and skill development projects at all levels in the institutes, industry and the society as a whole to attain desired level of world class standards in skilled labour”, emphasised Darshan Singh, Member, CII Ludhiana Zonal Council and MD, Forex Fasteners while addressing the Inaugural Session of the 25th CII Regional Work skills Competition being organised by Confederation of Indian industry (CII) NR here in Ludhiana from February 6 – 8.
“It is also the responsibility of the industry to provide regular training to its workers from time to time to ensure that they acquire internationally benchmarked skills”, he added.
“CII is pro actively working in the field of skill development in the region and has initiated many projects and programmes in coordination with all stakeholders like the government, corporates, overseas agencies, the youth and the institutes to achieve the target of 500 million skilled workforce by 2022”, shared Pikender Pal Singh, Regional Director, CII Northern Region.
Singh thanked the Advanced Training Institute, Ludhiana for supporting the competition and further mentioned that “Through such skill competitions, CII aims to provide a unique platform to the youth to showcase their skills, learn from each other practically and hence promote skill development”.
Ram Raj, Joint Director, Advanced Training Institute shared that “The competition has received very good response from the industry, with workers participating from participants from companies like, Trident Ltd, Nestle, Maruti Suzuki India Ltd, New Holland Tractors Ltd, Tata Motors Ltd, Denso India Ltd and Kiki Centre for Technology. Ram Raj appreciated and complemented CII for playing an active role in promoting skills in the country”.
Out of a total of 100 workers participating in the competition, 37 candidates took part on Day 1 in various trades like Electrician fitters, millers, motor mechanic, turner, welder, tool and die, tractor and motor mechanics.
They were asked to make various products practically on machines at the venue.
The rest 63 would participate on February 7 and at ATI, Ludhiana.