Friday, 12 December 2014

NEC supporting skills development in India

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Tejwant Chhatwal CEO of EEF and Ros Morpeth CEO of NEC
NEC is pleased to announce the signing of the first agreement with the Education for Employment Foundation (EEF). NEC has granted EEF a licence to take and adapt NEC courses and resources for use across India in both face to face training and online delivery.
India’s economy is changing because of a decline in agricultural employment, which now makes up less than 50% of total employment for the first time in India’s history. This shift has left even college educated people without the necessary skills to undertake the higher skilled jobs on offer as a result of the move toward more manufacturing and service-based industries.
A 2013 study by the ManPower Group revealed that 61% of employers in India have difficulty in finding employees to meet their requirements, which is much higher that the global average of 35%. The reason is clear when you look at the research performed by the Indian Government that suggests that 80% of the population in urban and rural areas do not posses any identifiable, marketable skills. The Government plan to train 500 million people by 2020, which the work done by EEF will support.
EEF is a not-for-profit organisation working with employers, government, education and civic leaders. Based in New Delhi, they aim to work with growth sectors in the developing Indian economy where there is an identified lack of skills and a qualified workforce. EEF will create training programmes that directly link to employment with aim of placing 100% of those completing courses into jobs.
EEF aim to train and place over 1 million trainees, and establish 100 Skills Institutes across the country in the next 5 years. NEC courses and resources will help them to achieve this goal. The first courses to be adapted are all at Level 2 and include Childcare, supervisory management, and business administration. Future plans include adding progression opportunities for learners with more courses at Level 3 in 2015, as well as expansion into to other vocational areas.
Tejwant Chhatwal is Managing Director and CEO of EEF, he told us that 'The Education for Employment Foundation is really excited to be working with NEC. With over 50 years of experience and expertise in developing high quality course materials, NEC is an organisation that has social responsibility and will help to support the EEF’s aim of empowering women through education and training'.
Speaking about this new initiative, Ros Morpeth CEO of NEC said India is a diverse and fast- growing economy that rightly has a great respect for education and training. We are delighted to be working with Tejwant Chhatwal, Jeff Ross and their colleagues at EFF to help raise the level of vocational skills teaching and to enable certification of successful trainees. These course materials are part of our extensive portfolio and we look forward to many more opportunities to support the development of training standards in India’.
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Left to right: Jeff Ross-member of the board of EEF and Director of Assessment Tomorrow, Tejwant Chhatwal-
Managing Director and CEO of EEF, Ros Morpeth-CEO of NEC, Roger Merritt-Senior Consultant at NEC.
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