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Sector Skills Collaboration

This sub-strand will strengthen engagement and encourage future potential collaborations between the Indian and UK further education institutions by facilitating collaborations from consortia of TVET organisations/institutes including partners within relevant industries in India and the UK. UKIERI will support the activities that will contribute to the development of key infrastructure elements in the area of skills development and capacity building, with a particular focus on strengthening Sector Skills bodies and their engagement with industry/business and establishing key occupational standards, and qualifications that will ensure those gaining qualifications are equipped with the skills needed by modern businesses.

The programme’s financial support is open to Further Education organisations/consortium & SMEs in India and the UK. Organisations might include some or all of sector skills councils, awarding organisations, colleges and/or training delivery organisations, Infrastructure and other delivery service providers, Industrial partners within the sector. Involvement of Industrial Training Institutes, Polytechnics and Schools will be an added advantage. Larger organisations are welcome to participate within the consortia and gain from the general support from the programme but, given their own capacity, will not be eligible for financial support.

It will be ideal for the proposals to include a focus on cross-cutting areas, such as employability or enterprise and on the priority sectors. Applicants should provide a strong rationale to support how the proposed initiative will have a substantial impact on skills development / vocational education system and actual delivery in India and/or UK.

Activities that the funding will cover

  • Activities to support curriculum development
  • Activities that support development of National Occupational Standards (NOS) and National Vocational Qualification Framework (NVQF)
  • Activities towards training of trainers, with clear focus on employability and employment prospects of trainees
  • Activities that provide mechanism for Certification and Assessment
  • Activities for developing Labour Market Information System (LMIS) within the priority sectors

“The Skills strand of UKIERI program has proven to be an excellent platform to foster Meaningful UK India Partnerships”

Ranjan Choudhury, Principal - Program Development, National Skill Development Corporation

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