Shortage of skilled labour in industries: BHEL Director

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Tiruchirapalli, July 22 (UNI) R N Mishra, Executive Director of Bhrat Heavy Electricals Ltd (BHEL), here said the shortage of skilled labour was a paramount challenge being faced not only by big corporate companies but also by small and medium enterprises.

Mr Mishra made the comment while inaugurating a Skill Development Training Programme for the first batch of BHEL Small Industries Association here yesterday.

He pointed out that the programme was aimed to develop skilled persons in welding to meet the growing demand for BHEL and other industrial concerns in and aroud the city. To overcome the skilled manpower shortage, BHEL had taken visionary efforts to train unemployed young boys and girls in welding, he added.

A Chandrababu, General Manager, Outsourcing,BHEL, said the training programme was for even non ITI students with the approval of the funding agency, Department of Science and Technology (DST). This rare opportunity to get trained in a world class training facility would improve their employment potential in fabrication industries, he added.

V Thyagarajan, General manager, Welding Research Institute (WRI-BHEL) in his address pointed out that a total of 53 young people would be trained in the first batch of this eight-week programme.They proposed to train 200 youngsters during the year under the present DST programme, he added.

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