Australian government will help India boost skill base over 400 million people by 2022

The Australian government has initiated training and assessment courses in the country in seeking to help India to boost its skill base over 400 million people by 2022. Under the pilot project that has already started in six states, the Australian government is providing Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) to trainers in various industry sectors like management, engineering, health and well-being.

“The programme involves imparting skills on a ‘training the trainer’ basis. We have a pilot programme running in different states over the last six to nine months. It will have a pyramid effect where you can quickly expand the numbers of trainer across India to meet the target of training 400 million people over the next few years and to do that nearly 400,000 to 500,000 trainers need to be skilled up,” Andrew Robb, Australia’s Special Envoy for Trade, said.

The foreign government has developed three courses, TVET Trainer Course, TVET Assessor Course and TVET Advanced Trainer and Assessor Course in consultation with the National Skill Development Corporation(NSDC) to fulfill the growing needs for skilled workers. The courses are delivered by registered Australian training organisations in partnership with local training providers, state governments and private employers.

“The Australian government is working with the national government and relevant organisations to ensure these courses are recognised internationally,” Robb said. “The Australian government has committed 5 million dollars for international training courses, a part of which will be spend for the pragramme here,” Subho Banerjee, Deputy Secretary, Skills and Training said.

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