Fanshawe College, leading public community college of Canada, has announced an MoU with the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) for a partnership to train one lakh youth over the next 10 years. The tie-up, initiated during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Canada early this year, was operationalised in New Delhi coinciding with the visit of Prof Peter J Devlin, President, Fanshawe College to India.
Fanshawe College, a leader in vocational training, will collaborate with NSDC to build training capacity in areas of automotive and apparels along with sectors like hospitality, construction and aviation.
With the MoU in place, Fanshawe’s role will include:
- Developing expertise in areas of curriculum development, teaching and learning resources development;
- Occupational standards;
- Testing and certification;
- Labour market information system;
- Providing expertise in teacher training; and,
- Setting up centers of excellence in developing and delivering these programmes.
In subsequent agreements facilitated by the NSDC, Fanshawe College has entered into an MoU with Badve Engineering, which is a large automotive product manufacturer based in Pune, India to collaborate in skill-development in Automotive/Manufacturing sector. Badve Engineering has a turnover of $300 millions with manufacturing units in Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Uttarakhand, Madhya Pradesh and Tamil Nadu. They will be rolling out training programmes at multiple locations based on Fanshawe’s curriculum and quality standards.
Initially, the area of focus will be Welding, Robotics and CNC Operator. This training (Welding) will start in February 2016 and it targets to skill 50,000 people over the next 10 years. Initially, the training will be delivered in Alwar (Rajasthan), Pune (Maharashtra) and Ahmedabad (Gujarat) but it will be then rolled out to several other locations, where Badve manufacturing is located.
Similarly, Fanshawe College also signed an MoU with Modelama Skills to create capacity in skills education in apparel and textile sectors. Modelama Skills Pvt Ltd runs vocational training centers as the implementing Agency for the Ministry of Textiles and other central and state governments. With more than 25 vocational training centers in place, and another 30 scheduled to start soon, the mandate is to skill 50000 people in India over the coming few years. The operations are expected to be spread over NCR, Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, and North Eastern Region and the focus area is textiles, apparel and handicrafts etc.
This agreement will also focus on extending vocational education to Indian High Schools so that the Indian students can be skilled, while they are in grade 8 to grade 12. This training will align to NVEQF standards and will provide credits to students, who are looking to study in Canada in future.