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April 25, 2018

“DFID, AASSC collaborate to structurally strengthen skill development ecosystem in Aerospace and Aviation sector in India”

Bengaluru : The Aerospace and Aviation Sector Skills Council (AASSC) and Department for International Development (DFID), a UK government department have jointly organised Training of Trainers (ToT) and Training of Assessors (ToA) sessions in Bengaluru from 05 March to 16 March 2018. The structure and content of the sessions has been designed on the basis of feedback received during a round-table discussion with sector stakeholders in November 2017.

ToT program is designed to equip participants with the skills to design and deliver short training sessions and become an effective trainer. This program will be conducted from 05 to 09 March. Amongst other things, the training will focus on soft skills such as creating lesson aims and objectives, effective planning and delivery of training sessions, delivery of micro-tech sessions, virtual learning environments, working with disability issues in classrooms, classroom assessment methods.

22 Trainers representing aerospace & aviation industry joined the ToT program which was launched today, 05 March 2018 and will be trained by 2 Master Trainers from UK. Shri A N Chandramouli, who is one of the Governing Council members of AASSC, representing the promoter organisation BCIC was the Chief Guest. During the inaugural address he said that each trainer will go and train more trainers leading to the multiplier effect. He also highlighted how AASSC came in to existence through the efforts of the promoter organisations. D Peter Immanuel, CEO AASSC said that even as we have a National Skills Qualification Framework and adequate infrastructure for the skill development programs across the country, non-availability of qualified trainers is a serious constraint.

Programs like these are designed to make structural impact on the skill development ecosystem. Following the ToT program will be the ToA program, which will be conducted in two phases, Phase I will be conducted from 12 to 16 March 2018, while Phase II is tentatively scheduled in June 2018. Phase I will focus on “Understanding the principles and practices of assessment”, while Phase II will focus on “Assessing occupational competence in the work environment”.

These trainings will be imparted by trainers from The Science Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies Alliance (SEMTA), UK at the premises of AASSC at Bengaluru. The trainings have been organised by DFID India ‘under its Skills for jobs project, in association with AASSC. ’Skills for Jobs’ works with central and state institutions as well as with the industry led sector skills councils. Aerospace and Aviation is a rapidly growing sector. Finding skilled workforce to service the sector is becoming a challenge. It is one of the sectors where DFID is collaborating with AASSC to share UK’s successful models on technology led training, apprenticeships and certification.

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