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Skilled Workforce in Sri Lankan Construction Industry: Production Vs. Acceptance

Skilled Workforce in Sri Lankan Construction Industry: Production Vs. Acceptance,Harshani Kumari Jayawardena

Skilled Workforce in Sri Lankan Construction Industry: Production Vs. Acceptance  
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The quality of workforce is one of the major determinants of the organisational success which ultimately lead to competitive advantage. Being predominantly a labour intensive industry, construction gets high benefits from the skilled workers. In this regard, effective training programs to enhance the skill levels of the workers are of paramount importance in the construction industry. This research was undertaken to unearth the answer to the research question of "how the skilled labour production is catered for the acceptance in Sri Lankan construction industry". A desk study was carried out to find training courses which are available for construction trades. Accordingly various training programs for different trades were identified which are conducted by five key training institutes, viz. ICTAD, NAITA, DTET, VTA and CCI. A questionnaire survey was conducted among 77 recruitment officers in medium to large size contracting firms and 34 subcontractors in six distinct trades. The findings suggested that when recruiting workers who belong to trades such as plumbing and electrical, the contractors gave extra concern to their training qualifications. However, when it comes to trades such as masonry, carpentry, bar bending and painting the contractors' consideration on training qualification was at a lower level. The study further revealed that HR managers were more knowledgeable about training institutes than the Site Engineers or the PMs.
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