India, Australia to train 4 lakh trainers, assessors

Australia and India will work together to build capacity of four lakh trainers and assessors over the next few years, Australian Minister for Education and Training, Simon Birmingham said on Tuesday.

While speaking at the fourth Australia-India Skill Conference, 2017, Bimingham said, “We believe we can help because you recognise and acknowledge our experience in a very successful vocational education system.” The conference was held in conjunction with the visit of Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to India, reported Business Standard.

Birmingham said that Australia will help India to achieve its target in training adding programme would also look at scaling up the number of apprentices in India.

Rajeev Pratap Rudy, Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, said, “For very long, in India, education did not carry the skills along. Skills never got the focus that it should have.” He said India need to train 400 million people in organised and unorganised sector.

Rudy said: “The young trained junior commissioned officers who have long trained in many technical aspects of Indian armed forces… generally they retire young after 20 years of service.

“So, we have partnered with Indian armed forces… we have established mechanism where these youngsters, who are to retire, within six months of their retirement they are put to certain courses where they can be trained as assessors or entrepreneurs or trainers,” he said.

“I think this programme is going very successfully now and we have launched several batches of such youngsters,” he added.

The two ministers also launched a joint initiative between the Government of Australia and the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC), “International Trainers and Assessors Training Courses”.

The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) has organised the conference in partnership with the Department of Education and Training, Government of Australia, under the ambit of the Australia-India Education Council recently.

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