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Partnership between Learning Skills Network and Career Launcher, Delhi

Internationalising
Vocational Education
and Training

As a nation with the second largest population in the world, India holds humungous potential in the form of human resources. With the advent of globalisation and the rise of the knowledge economy, greater efforts to make the Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector more organised and world-class is a key priority of the Indian Government. The UK experiences of working in vocational education and training domain is highly developed and evolved, and this collaborative project has enabled the UK and India to discover, develop and deploy best practices in vocational education and training in the creative industry sector – one of the fastest growing markets in India, and across the world.

"I never knew there were so many ways of delivering training. I am defi nitely a better trainer now. I cannot wait to go back and use the tools I have acquired."

Ashok Kumar Sangwan, Trainer and State Coordinator for Rajasthan Mission on Skill and Livelihoods (RMoL)
The project titled ‘Train the Trainer’, has brought Learning Skills Network (LSN), a renowned name in delivering innovative solutions in the learning and skills sector in the UK, together with Career Launcher (CL), Asia’s leading education service provider, to successfully create a significant fi rst step in raising the Indian Vocational Education and Training (VET) to international standards by upgrading, optimising and standardising the earning potential and output of training skills required for courses that are directly related to the Indian creative industry.

The project brought together over 25 years of LSN’s global experience and expertise, and CL’s wide reach of 130 locations. Apart from evolving norms and systems for assessment of trainers and trainees in the creative industry sector, the project also laid the essential ground work for vocational training institutes in India to take up internationally accepted accreditation and recognition.

Along with the two leading institutions, Tower Hamlet College and DESQ both reputed institutions in education and training in the UK, joined in the project by offering their services in training and course design. The partnerships helped re-engineer two courses, one in Creative & Digital Media, and the other in Fashion Design to match the current international industry best practices. It also enhanced mutual understanding of a globally growing industry and the developed curricula now serve as a benchmark for the evolution and delivery of other vocational courses.

A total of 150 trainers from India have been trained under the project. “I am glad I attended the training programme hosted under the UKIERI collaboration. I never knew there were so many ways of delivering training. I am defi nitely a better trainer now. I cannot wait to go back and use the tools I have acquired. There should be more programmes like this,” says Ashok Kumar Sangwan, Trainer and State Coordinator for Rajasthan Mission on Skill and Livelihoods (RMoL), a participant.

Positive feedback and enthusiastic response from government agencies, industries, training institutes, and experts in the vocational education and training sector has encouraged LSN-CL partnership to not only reach out to more people but also to charge a nominal fee for the subsequent ‘Train the Trainer’ programmes to ensure sustainability. Lead trainers trained under the project will continue to impart training to both trainees as well as trainers much beyond the end of UKIERI project, ensuring continued action resulting in continued benefit to the VET sector.