Stockholm : India and Sweden on Thursday entered into a memorandum of understanding (MoU) that will facilitate mobility of trained personnel from India to Sweden, thus giving a boost to the Skill India Mission of the Narendra Modi government.
The National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) and Visit Sweden have inked a deal under which India will impart vocational and educational training to Indians for catering to specific job roles needed in Sweden. “This would be demand-driven and companies will have to come forward with their module to train people as per their requirement,” NSDC Managing Director Manish Kumar said.
“NSDC wants to be a one-stop shop for any Swedish company in need of human capital,” Kumar added. The agreement between the two countries was signed at the business day of the five-day Stockholm Culture Festival with the theme India, sponsored by the Indian embassy in Sweden and India Unlimited, a platform to promote cross-cultural ties between India and Sweden. It is estimated that Sweden would need 64,000 people to join its workforce every year.
The inflow of workers from India into Sweden has already started. Out of 3,500 work permits issued by the country, 3,000 were in the information and communication technology sector, thus signalling huge demand for IT professionals and skilled personnel for which India is a big supplier. The other sectors in desperate need of workforce in Sweden are retail and hospitality.
Since the launch of the Skill India Mission, NSDC has entered into similar MoUs with countries like Germany and Japan as well.
Earlier in the day, the Stockholm Cultural Festival business day saw experts deliberating on whether India should embrace Industry 4.0 — the trend of automation and data exchange in manufacturing technologies — especially in the wake of the massive Make in India campaign.
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