The newly-formed UWDMA Skill Development Centre (U-SDC) has commenced its second batch of uPVC window and door fabrication course. Following the maiden six-month course that started in July with 15 students, the second course with the same student strength has started off in September.
“Our training programme skills 10th pass candidates on uPVC window and door production. Students will learn to produce and install different types of uPVC windows and doors. To facilitate their travel during the training, they will get a stipend of Rs 2,500 per month. Graduates from this course will be placed in UWDMA member companies with salaries ranging from Rs 8,000 to Rs 10,000 per month,” says UWDMA president Mario Schmidt. US-SDC is situated at ITI Bhiwadi in Rajasthan.
Informing about the facilities, Schmidt says that the classroom is equipped with basic uPVC machines to train students with practical exposure. Supervisors from Bhiwadi-based companies and a trained teacher will teach the basic concepts of welding, carpentry, electricity, mechanics, etc, that are important themes in a fabrication unit.
Aligning with its skill development programme UWDMA has also conducted programmes for the trainers who visit ITI Bhiwadi. “By doing so, they ensure the creation of a pool of trained trainers in the sector,” he stresses.
uPVC door & window manufacturing is an emerging sector. The industry is largely fragmented and the available skill sets do not sufficiently meet the manpower requirement of the sector, resulting in limited growth of the industry. “Considering the demand for quality labour for our members, UWDMA with support from GIZ explored options with the Government of Rajasthan for setting up a skill development centre. In this way we hope to offer an effective solution for this key challenge, and extend conducive conditions for member companies for enhanced productivity and competitiveness,” says Schmidt.