Skill Development Institute inaugurated at Vasco


 In an effort to impart employability skills among the unemployed youth and school dropouts, a Skill Development Institute as a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) project of Goa Shipyard Ltd,
with Society for Industrial and Technical Education of Goa (SITEG) as the executing partner of the project, was launched at Institute of Ship Building Technology, Vasco, on Tuesday.
The chairman and managing director, Goa Shipyard Ltd, Rear Admiral (Retd), Mr Vineet Bakhshi VSM, inaugurated the programme in the presence of SITEG, chairman, Mr Ashok Chowgule, GSL (CPP and BD), director, Cmde P K Shrivastava and SITEG, secretary, Mr S D Patil.
The launching of the programme was synchronised with the commencement of the first batch of training in welding technology.
The project is aimed at providing training in welding to the youth, honing their skills and preparing them for industry and as tradesmen in ship building, fabrication and ship repairs in particular. The students shall be awarded certificates by the Classification Society on completion of the training.
Lauding the SITEG for supporting and partnering GSL in its endevour to establish a Skill Development Institute under CSR, the Mr Bakhshi stated that, “This is a long term initiative with a duration of 5 years for which GSL has entered into a memorandum of agreement which would see it developed into a sustainable project. GSL shall provide necessary financial support under its CSR to develop the said infrastructure.”
He further said that the success of the project will open up possibilities of its expansion for other trades in shipbuilding core areas such as fabrication, crane operators, marine fitters, etc.
Speaking on the occasion, chairman, SITEG, Mr Ashok Chowgule, said that such joint initiatives will undoubtedly go a long way in not only honing the skill sets of the youth but also assist in the gainful employment of such skilled manpower created through the project in the state. It would strengthen the availability of skill sets for Shipbuilding in India.
“It is noteworthy that GSL has over the years provided significantly to this sector in Goa by way of employment, taxes, revenues and ancillary industry development. The Skill Development Project is the first ever collaborative effort of a premier public sector ship building company and a leading training institution offering customised quality training programme to the local youth,” stated Mr Chowgule. [NT]