UK, India business tie up

13 Sep


The UK India Business Council (UKIBC) on Monday entered into a partnership with the British Deputy High Commission and Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) to strengthen Indo-UK cooperation in the skills and education sector.

A delegation of over 46 British skills providers from 32 organisations visited the city to explore opportunities and find business partners, said Mr Gaurav Swarup, Chairman, FICCI Eastern Region.

UKIBC also plans to explore the possibility of entering into a tie-up with companies such as Hero Honda and Mahindra and Mahindra for skill development, said Mr Roy Newey, Group Board Director, UKIBC Board Member.

Healthcare, retail, construction, manufacturing, travel and tourism and food processing among others would be the key areas for skill development in the State, he said.

Meanwhile, the West Bengal Government has sought technical assistance from the World Bank to draw a roadmap on skill development for a short, medium and long-term basis, which is expected in a few weeks. It has also collaborated with IL & FS Education & Services in areas such as retail sales and services, IT-enabled services such as BPO and data entry and hospitality for job-linked skill training programme.

“To begin with, IL&FS will impart skills to a group of students in Kalimpong on retail and IT sectors. They will be trained for 100 per cent job placement,” said Mr Manoj Kumar Agarwal, Secretary, Department of Technical Education, West Bengal.

The government would also set up multi-skill centres across the State in collaboration with the National Skill Development Corporation. “The target is to impart skill training to three million people by 2022,” he said. …


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