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Expertise in quality assurance shared in new partnership that aims to promote vocational degrees in India

As part of a UK Skills Federation led project, People 1st International led two roundtable events and met with employers, universities and other stakeholders in Bangalore and Delhi this month to impart knowledge and expertise in skills and quality assurance.

Speaking as an expert on accreditation and quality assurance, having led the development and roll out of accreditation and quality mark programmes in the UK for People 1st International, Andy Doyle joined our UK Skills Federation’s director, Helen Joannou, and local partners, ISDC, at key events across India to discuss a new international endorsement that will recognise the very best industry-relevant courses in training and education.

The Quality Mark from the UK Skills Federation - which is facilitated by People 1st International and represents the UK’s Sector Skills Councils and National Skills Academies - is being developed to recognise the best Bachelor of Vocation Degrees courses in India in retail, tourism & hospitality, healthcare, logistics & supply chain management and banking & finance, IT & ITES and media & entertainment.

The endorsement aims to help strengthen links between industry and higher education and provide employers with the assurance of the work-ready graduates, armed with skills industry needs.

Engaging with over 100 representatives from colleges and universities, the roundtable events saw panellists from education, industry and regulatory authorities discuss the skills agenda in India and the need for more skills orientated degrees that prepare the students for industry.

Meetings were also held with National Skills Development Corporation (NSDC) and the British Council in Delhi and ISDC to discuss the skills landscape and skills needs in India.

A further visit planned for April this year will see discussions continue with a range of universities keen to explore the opportunities of moving forward the vocational skills agenda.

More information on the project can be found on the UK Skills Federation website.

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