Manipal Education, a pioneer & the largest higher education provider in India, and City & Guilds, UK's largest provider of work-related assessment & qualifications, today announced the formation of a joint venture – Manipal City & Guilds Skills Training Pvt Ltd, with 51% held by Manipal Education and 49% by City & Guilds. This pioneering new venture will provide its offerings under the name 'IndiaSkills.' IndiaSkills, which has been set up with the aim of redefining the way skills education and training is delivered in India, will enable students to obtain skills-based qualifications in a wide range of industries, starting with retail, hospitality, banking, and English language training. The joint venture will also provide graduates with job placements at companies which require 'work-ready' staff, enhancing their career prospects, while creating the opportunity for enterprises to increase their productivity through a trained workforce.
Speaking at the launch yesterday Shri. Harish Rawat said, 'I am happy to see that institutions such as Manipal Education & City & Guilds are in the forefront of closing out gaps in the system. One of the biggest challenges our nation faces today is the mismatch between the available skills and the required skills in terms of quantity, quality & relevance. In order to sustain the high rate of economic growth through inclusive growth, and also for socio-economic upliftment of our people, we need to pay serious attention to skill development in our country with an eye on emerging skills. With proper skills development strategy our youth can realise their potential to be a great national asset.' IndiaSkills Vocational Training Centres will begin opening in October across India. To ensure the highest quality teaching and assessment standards, the centres will enter into an operating agreement to deliver training according to benchmarks laid down in conjunction with City & Guilds. City & Guilds which has a portfolio of over 650 qualifications over 28 industry sectors, will provide the core curriculum for the content of the courses. Manipal Education will provide support on the ground to deliver the work-based training schemes while leveraging its existing links with employers in India to help ensure newly qualified students obtain employment in India's rapidly growing economy. IndiaSkills will work closely with the industry to make sure that the repurposed core curriculum and content are relevant to India's needs.