With the aim to support two major initiatives of the Government i.e. "Make in India" and "Skill India" and to align to skill standards which are recognised globally, Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Mr. Rajiv Pratap Rudy announced the launch of "Transnational Skill Standards" in India.
अंतराष्ट्रीय स्तर पर उत्कृष्ट ब्रिटिश मानक का देश मे कौशल उन्नयन क्षेत्र मे एक और कदम। शुभारम्भ कार्यक्रम, नई दिल्ली pic.twitter.com/nZNLKugDIa— Rajiv Pratap Rudy (@RajivPratapRudy) April 5, 2016
These standards in skill development are benchmarked to United Kingdom across 82 identified job roles.
During the event two MoUs were signed between NSDC and Association of Colleges (UK) and NSDC and UK Awarding Organisation City & Guilds and Pearsons Education.
These MoUs were signed to enable sharing of best practice, staff exchange and development of new models to increase employer engagement and investment in skills.
Rajiv Pratap Rudy Inaugural address:
In his inaugural address, Mr. Rudy said that standardisation of vocational education is crucial in bringing about a level in the efficiency of the skilled workforce.
He said, it is government's endeavour to benchmark the standards so as to support international mobility of Indian workforce and also prepare them to work in international companies having their operations in the country.
"Standardisation of vocational education is crucial in bringing about a level in the efficiency of the skilled workforce." @RajivPratapRudy— Skill India (@MSDESkillindia) April 5, 2016
He said, his Ministry has chosen UK standards to benchmark Indian Skills standards since all the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries recognise UK skill certification.
"We have chosen UK standards to benchmark our standards since all the GCC countries recognise their skill certification." @RajivPratapRudy— Skill India (@MSDESkillindia) April 5, 2016
British High Commissioner at the occasion:
British High Commissioner to India Sir Dominic Asquith KCMG said that India and UK have been collaborating on skill development since a long time now and this is yet another effort to bring more quality in vocational education which will open more avenues for employment across countries for the youth.
To support international mobility of Indian workforce, 15 Indian Sector Skill Councils (SSCs) have benchmarked standards of 82 job Roles with the standards of 11 UK SSCs.
The Transnational Standards will highlight the gaps in Indian Standards against the UK standards. To cover the gaps, those intending to migrate, will undergo 'bridge training'. The Further Education Colleges (FE) of the United Kingdom will partner with Indian Training Providers to impart training on bridge courses. FE Colleges to set up Skill Academies of Excellences in the identified sectors in India.
Further the UK Awarding organisation, such as City & Guilds and Pearsons, in association with Indian SSCs will certify the trainees on the gap.
The key highlight of this partnership is recognition of the Indian SSC Assessment and Certification by the UK Awarding bodies. Those interested to migrate will simply have to take "bridge training" on the gap identified in the benchmarking process and get assessed on the components of the "bridge training".
We are also partnering with UK Awarding Bodies, such as City Guilds and Pearson, responsible for providing certification on UK Standards.— Skill India (@MSDESkillindia) April 5, 2016
Thus just by doing "bridge training" and getting assessed and certified on it, will lead to award of UK IVQ which has a global acceptance including Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries.
The Indian Sector Skill Councils which participated in the project are: Automotive, Agriculture, Life Science, Healthcare, Capital Goods, Apparel, Textiles, Beauty and Wellness, Telecom, Hospitality, IT & ITeS, Consturction, Retail, Electronic and Security.
Indian SSCs were mapped to following UK SSCs who participated - LANTRA (Agriculture), IMI (Automotive), Habia (Beauty and Wellness), SEMTA (Capital Goods), Summit Skills (Construction and Electronics), People 1st (Retail and Tourism & Hospitality), Skills for Security (Security), Creative Skill Set (Apparel and Textiles), Tech Partnership (IT and Telecom), Cogent (Life Sciences) and Skills for Health (Healthcare).
A couple of Employers from Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries who committed employment to Indian workforce certified on these benchmarked standards were also present at the function.