The joint working group of India and Germany met recently to foster Vocational Education and Training (VET) in India. In the 12th edition of the meeting, the experts discussed the skill gaps currently present in the nation.
The meeting was co-chaired by K.K. Dwivedi, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Government of India, and Alexander Hochradel, Senior Policy Officer of division 222: ERASMUS, International Cooperation in Vocational Training, Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).
The meeting’s primary objective was to institutionalise a standard mechanism for VET to conform to German standards when it came to skill demands in priority sectors. As part of this initiative, a skill-mapping exercise will be conducted to identify the skill gaps.
According to the assessment, upskilling training programmes and bridge courses will be designed and implemented for the skill training of Indian workers.
Additionally, a separate platform for employer connect will also be set up to get an idea of how skilled workers can contribute to the economic development of the country.
“Mutual accreditation of training providers in both countries through G2G, G2B, and B2B tie-ups with relevant institutions which have international standards for training, assessment, and certifications will also be undertaken,” said the official release.
The two nations will also offer foreign language training, technical support for the Training of Trainers (ToT), Trainers of Assessors (ToA), and market-relevant curriculum and content development.
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