The Infrastructure Equipment Skill Council (IESC) is a ‘Not for Profit’ sustainable organisation promoted by the Indian Construction Equipment Manufacturers Association (ICEMA), supported by the Confederation of India Industry (CII) and funded by the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) to spearhead the skilling of workforce in the Infrastructure Equipment (IE) Sector with primary focus on training and certification of operators and mechanics.

The Council was formed in August 2014 and started operations from Bangalore in November 2014. The activities of the Council are overseen by 18 member Governing Body comprising senior executives from all segments of the industry as well as representatives from related bodies like NSDC, Builders Association of India (BAI), Financial Institutions and Academia. An MOU with NSDC for financial support was signed in Oct 2014

Our Mission

  • To train over million Operators and Mechanics in next ten years
  • To have 5000 plus certified trainers over the next decade.
  • To accredit 400 Training Organisations to conduct training pan India.
  • To assist certified operators and mechanics in job placements in India and abroad.

Milestones Crossed.

In the Pilot Project, NOS (National Occupational Standards) and QPs (Qualification Packs) for eight products namely Backhoe Loader, Hydraulic Excavators, Mobile Cranes (Hydra/Truck/Crawler), Wheel Loaders, Compactors and Concrete Pumps covering nearly 80% of the IE sectors requirement were developed and approved by the NSDC/NSDA/NSQC in June 2015.

The Council after due diligence appointed CII as the Assessment Agency. Thereafter the process of identifying and affiliating Training Partners who had the necessary facilities and trainers was initiated. Our first training program under the PMKVY Scheme commenced in Jul 2015, and the batch was certified in Aug 2015, less than nine months after ‘take off’ which was commendable.

During this period the Council participated pro-actively by establishing a stall at the ConMac Exhibition held in Guwahati in Feb 2015 and in the recent EXCON at Bengaluru in Nov 2015, where the activities of the Council received wide publicity and encouragement. We also conducted a panel discussion on Skill Development, attended by select industry luminaries.

Our Achievements

S NoParameterTargetAchievedRemarks
1 No of trades for which NOS developed 35 19 + 10* *Approved in June 2016
2 No of trades for which curriculum made 7 8
3 No of accreditation organization registered 1 1
4 No of training organizations accredited 3 20
5 No of trainers certified 0 73
6 No of people certified 420 784

Activities in hand.

The Council is presently engaged in a wide range of activities. In brief,

  • We have submitted on priority the NOS and QPs for 11 job roles, covering the highway equipment, in close co-ordination with the user Industries, Construction, Mining & Iron & Steel. These will be approved by end May 2016. Thereafter we will be commencing in Phase 3 development of NOSs for the remaining equipment.
  • We have submitted a project report to the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways for establishment of Model Training Centres for skilling of highway equipment operators under the RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning) model.
  • Under CSR funding, in co-ordination with NSDC we have just made beginning with Coal India Ltd and its subsidiaries to train their operators & mechanics. This process will be further promoted with other concerned PSU’s for the year.
  • We are coordinating with both Auto and Logistics Skill Council for establishment of Multi Skilling Centres at select locations across India. Besides another five centres jointly with Auto and Shreeram Transport Finance.
  • We are exploring tie-ups with various state governments and institutions like the Indian Army, Coal India Ltd and ILSF Bhubaneswar to drive the skill development projects. MoU has already been signed with Kerala and Andhra Pradesh; expression of interest has been received from UP and Uttarkhand.
  • The Honourable Minister for Skill Development & Entrepreneurship Shri Rajiv Pratap Rudy had recently visited JCB Jaipur and Schwing Stetter Training Centre at Chennai. We are organising further visits to JCB Ballabgarh, Komatsu and Volvo at Bangalore.

  • Financial Status.

    The activities of the Council are funded by Industry Contributions and Grants from NSDC. Consequent to the initial contribution of ₹ 20 lakhs from the IESC members we received the first tranche of ₹ 2.42 crores from NSDC in Nov 2014. We are now due to get the 2nd tranche of ₹ 1.27 crores from NSDC; industry share of over ₹ 30 lakhs has since been collected. Necessary compliances are in the process of completion. During the first year of operation, IESC has started earning on account of Certification, Train the Trainer and Affiliation fees.

    Benefits Accruing.

    Majority of the equipment manufacturers in India have their global presence and takes into account the Indian customer requirements to meet the quality standards. Manufacturers are adopting latest technologies to suit Indian conditions and to improve the quality, productivity & safety. This can be ensured by training the operators and mechanics at their & at IESC certified training centres, where huge investments have been made to impart skilling of operators & mechanics. The manufacturers own the responsibility to meet the customer expectations & job needs. Majority of the manufacturers have started exporting machines from India. Skilling people to operate and maintain the machines outside India is a challenge and opportunity.

    IESC is promoted by ICEMA, where in all the manufacturers are fully committed to the needs of the Industry. IESC not only covers the Construction Sector, but also other sectors like Mining, Iron & Steel, Plant Hiring & Leasing, Defence etc. IESC has focused approach in creating Skilled Operators & Mechanics for complete range of Infrastructure Equipments, which involves complicated Hydraulics, Electrical & Electronics and Engines taking the Operator Skills expectations to higher and intensive levels. The standards prepared by IESC in close association with all the concerned stakeholders and taking into account the needs of the customers on both Operational & Maintenance deliverables including safety at global standards.


    Lastly, we are preparing ourselves to scale up the numbers by affiliating more Training Partners with passion and commitment to change the skill landscape of the IE Sector. Mobilisation continues to be a challenge as the job opportunities in the industry have yet to open up as desired. How-ever we are optimistic of this happening very soon, with market showing positive movement with sale of machines.