While this is certainly a regionwide issue, Rj Singh, managing director of construction skills training company Snathe Group, which has training facilities in India, the UAE and Qatar, says that some GCC countries will fare better than others in the coming scrap for human resources.
Unsurprisingly, Snathe Group's Singh is keen to address some of the issues raised by Kumar's criticism of specialised training centres.
The training offered by Snathe Group has a focus on the proper management of labour rather than simply the teaching of skills to labourers.
Snathe Group, which also trains labour for civil operations, has developed a tailored approach to MEP training due to the peculiar challenges which workers in the industry must face.
- 1/3 Average reduction in labour Snathe Group claims its methodology achieves
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One such enterprise attempting to transform the regional industry's labour profile is the Snathe Group.
Snathe's inspiration for its GCC-targeted training programme followed a move by the company into the region's construction industry, and its firsthand negative experiences of recruiting unskilled labour from the subcontinent.
"We came over to the Gulf about four or five years ago to get involved in contracting just before the recession hit," says Snathe Group MD Raaj Singh.
To stem the flow of cash lost through under-skilled labour, Snathe decided to take decisive action and fly in trainers from its UK training scheme, who were of Indian descent, and capable of teaching the workers the skills they needed.
This was a revelation for Snathe. It realised there was serious potential for a successful training enterprise in the region that bypassed the recruitment agencies and went straight to the heart of the recruiting grounds, producing bespoke labourers for whatever demand existed in the GCC construction industry.