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Skill Council for Green Jobs (SCGJ) and GIZ join hands for skills development in industrial wastewater treatment

21-23 June 2016, New Delhi

The Skill Council for Green Jobs (SCGJ) and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH have organised comprehensive Training of Trainers (ToT) programme from 21-23 June 2016 in New Delhi. As part of the training programme, nine participants were trained as the first set of skilled trainers, who can undertake skilling of technicians and operators of industrial wastewater treatment plants. The ToT focussed on providing essential understanding on the process of training, training methods/tools, didactics, soft skills, examination system etc. and orientation to the training curricula. The training was imparted by a senior expert from the well-known DWA, Germany (German Association of Water, Wastewater and Waste).

India has over 170 combined wastewater treatment plants (CETPs) and thousands of effluent treatments plants (ETPs) in individual industries for treating industrial wastewater. The operators of these treatment plants play an important role in ensuring their proper operation, not only to treat the wastewater to the required pollution limits, but also to reduce treatment costs. As of today, many of these CETPs/ ETPs are operated by a mix of skilled, unskilled and semi-skilled staff and there is a clear need for strengthening skills in this sector.

SCGJ and GIZ have joined hands to introduce a system of skill development for the people involved in the industrial wastewater treatment plants. GIZ, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH, is an enterprise owned by the German Government, which is implementing a project on “Sustainable and Environment-friendly Industrial Production” (SEIP) under the Indo German Development Cooperation.

The project has a focus on industrial wastewater management and has one of its activities to support skills development for the involved manpower operating and managing the infrastructure. The efforts by SCGJ and GIZ are targeted to provide supplementary skill development to the basic qualifications and to support up-skilling and/or re-skilling of manpower. As a first step, SCGJ brought Qualification Packs for undertaking skills development for technicians and helpers involved in industrial wastewater treatment plants and affiliated a few competent institutions in accordance with the standard affiliation protocols.

The successful participants, after passing an examination on the third day of the training, were given away certificates during the closing event of the training programme by Ms Susanne Dorasil, Head of Department Economic Cooperation & Development of the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in New Delhi. Speaking on the occasion, Ms. Dorasil said, “I am happy to hear all the positive feedback on the just concluded three day skilling programme and to see women participating. It is essential to enhance skill development and align it to the needs of the industries. There is huge scope for such skills development to improve the overall scenario of industrial wastewater treatment and to support national programmes such as Ganga Rejuvenation.”

Dr Praveen Saxena, CEO SCGJ said, “SCGJ is one of the most recently launched initiatives of the Government of India, aligned to the National Skill Development Mission and we has now successfully kick started skilling of the trainers from competent training institutions for skill development in the wastewater sector as per the newly established national skilling system. We are hopeful, step by step we will be able to strengthen “green jobs” in the country and cater to industrial wastewater treatment”.

Mr. Raghu Babu Nukala, the Project Director from GIZ informed that the SEIP Project is targeting skilling of over 300 technicians and helpers covering project sites in Vapi, Delhi and Haridwar and that the Project would monitor how the skills developed are helping not only in improved operation of the wastewater treatment plants, but also in reducing the pollution. He said, “We are keen on creating a success story so as to bring up policy level discussions to give impetus to skill development in this sector in the country.” Mr. Micahel Doerr, the chief trainer said that the participating trainers in the training programme were very receptive and that he was hopeful that they would take forward the skilling activity successfully. 

Contact Person – SCGJ

Dr. Praveen Saxena, Chief Executive Officer


Contact Person - GIZ

Mr. Raghu Babu Nukala, Project Director

Sustainable & Environment-friendly Industrial Production (SEIP)