Ashirvad’s plumbing schools are helping tackle two burning issues for India – skills shortages, particularly in the construction industry, and the need to provide fruitful employment for young people.

The project, backed by a €1.6 million investment from our corporate social responsibility fund, is in line with our belief that we can’t be truly successful without sharing the fruits of prosperity with society at large.

Our first plumbing lab and world class teaching facility was set up in 2017 in Bengaluru. Despite being temporarily closed during the pandemic, it has seen 346 trainees pass through its classrooms and workshops, with 313 achieving certification, 102 placed in work and a further 46 now operating as self-employed plumbers.

Based on that success, we opened a second school in Bhiwadi, in northern India. In 2022, 46 students have been enrolled, of which 20 are undergoing training, 26 have graduated, with 14 placed in jobs and 7 working self-employed.

Students must be 18 to 30 years old and have certain school or college qualifications to join. They undergo 75 days of training for eight hours a day, and ultimately can qualify for accreditation backed by the Water Management and Plumbing Skills Council before going through placement interviews.

While at the school their food, accommodation and work clothes are provided for free and they have the chance to extend their studies, with basic computer and English classes and yoga and mindfulness training.

With these two Plumbing Schools, we develop young adults into skilled professionals, giving them the chance to earn a living and have a better life.

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