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UK Minister for Skills Meets CII Skills Delegation at Worldskills Competition Print E-mail
Written by Ganesh   
Monday, 10 October 2011
New Delhi: John Hayes, UK Minister for State for Further Education, Skills and Lifelong Learning met members of the CII Skills team - comprising S Mahalingam, Chairman, CII National Skills Council & CFO, TCS and M V Subbiah, Past-President, CII & Chairman NSDC - on the sidelines to the Worldskills Competition at London.

Hayes was keen to understand the skills scenario in India and the areas of support that can be extended by the UK government. He extended the UK Govt's support to India on Skills Development and committed to fast track the financial support of GBP 20 mil p.a. for the coming 3 years on Skills Development.

The meeting was held on the sidelines to the Worldskills Competition. He was happy to note that India has sent a strong team of 29 members comprising 16 competitors competing in 15 trades. WorldSkills London 2011 is international skills Competition with young people from across the globe competing to be the best of the best in their chosen skill. Over 150,000 visitors will see 1,000 Competitors from more than 50 countries/regions competing in 46 skill areas over four exciting days of Competition.

For the Worldskills London, India has sent a strong contingent competing in 15 trades with 16 competitors in CNC Turning, Car Painting, Mould Making, IT/Software Application, Web Designing, Confectionery, Cooking, Jewellery, Beauty Therapy, Hairdressing, Fashion Technology, Plumbing/Heating, Electronics, Mechatronics and Polymechanics. Of this the membership of CII have produced competitors in 5 manufacturing trades.

Discussions covered areas of possible collaboration between UK-India.  Minister Hayes informed the delegation of the rich and old tradition of skills and trades in UK with the Guilds. The curriculum devised over the years in UK can be shared with India to enable an understanding and modifications can be made as per Indian context.

Started way back in 1950 the WorldSkills provides a unique means of exchange and comparison of world-class competency standards in the industrial trades and service sectors of the global economy. The continued growth of WorldSkills International attests to the fact that traditional trade and craft skills along with the newer technology multi-skilled vocations make an essential contribution to the economic and social well being of people everywhere.

The importance of Skills and the need to celebrate the same has been felt all around the world and due importance has been given with the Deputy Prime Minister, UK inaugurating the Worldskills London and even the British Prime Minister attending day 2 of the event as a support and commitment to Skills and vocational education.

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