The concept of safety, broadly known as Health, Safety and Environment (HSE), has become a matter of prime importance due to some specific reasons:
- Growing modernization and automation in the industrial sector in the last 10 years
- Formulation of national and international laws governing HSEs
- Increasing scale of modern industries and technology requiring adherence to safety rules and policies
- Skills demanded by the modern industrial sector requiring work efficiency against deadlines carried out with zero injuries/accidents
Due to these, the work force needs not only to be aware and knowledgeable about HSE, but also to internalize the safety procedures.
The basic technical skills in India are imparted by the following institutions:
There are 5 layers within the skill pyramid, with ITI being at the bottom of the pyramid. Hence, ITIs handle the largest portion of the work force. In 2015, it has been estimated that there are about 12,000 such institutes in the country (more than 500 in Gujarat), with a seat capacity of more than 13.3 lakhs.
The Department of Employment and Training, Govt. of Gujarat, BP (www.bp.com/India) & ICECD, has initiated a pilot project on industrial safety wherein needs of ITI students, teachers and the industry at large has been assessed. Awareness programs have been done for 5300 students and 300 staff members. After receiving positive response for the awareness programs, a 12 hour safety module has been developed as per the need of the modern industry, suitable for ITI students.
Based on the experiences during pilot training programs, the safety module has been improvised and finalized. ICECD has proposed that the safety module be embedded in regular teaching at ITIs, through training of teachers.
ICECD is training a total of 1,100 ITI trade instructors/ES teachers under Training of Teachers (ToT) programs of 5 days duration. The 5 day module covers all aspects of modern safety requirements, and a simple way of communicating it to the youth within ITIs, according to their level of understanding and exposure. This project will reach out to more than 1,100 ITI instructors and the impact of which will penetrate to over 50,000 students. ICECD is conducting the 5 day training program at convenient locations, including its own campus in Ahmedabad.
The general objectives of this program are to:
- Provide basic knowledge of safety to ITI students and staff for better performance
- Build capacity of teachers to implement the desired safety module in an interactive manner
- Include need based safety module in ITI curriculum for widespread use throughout Indian states
- Initiate the process of institutionalization and achieve it within 3 years with positive impact