Hornchurch, Essex, England RM11 2LL (PRWEB UK) 31 January 2013
HAVERING College of Further and Higher Education (http://havering-college.ac.uk) is proud to be part of a new project which will help deliver vocational skills training in India.
The college is one of 30 UK colleges participating in an Association of Colleges (AoC) hub for training expertise.
Sally MacPherson - the college’s Assistant Principal Faculty of Enterprise – returned from Delhi this week after attending the AoC in India launch.
Havering College of Further and Higher Education’s International Department already works with partners across the world, including India, with the aim of promoting strong educational links.
The AoC in India project will help colleges involved in the initiative to explore opportunities and expand their operations in India.
Mrs MacPherson said: “I believe that UK colleges such as Havering College of Further and Higher Education have a lot to offer our Indian partners as they set up their vocational training systems. We have over 65 years of experience of delivering high quality vocational education both here and abroad. We are looking forward to building new links with industry in India.”
The AoC India team will be based with Indian market specialist Sannam S4 Consulting Pvt Limited and will act as a hub for sharing best practice and forging strong ties between UK and Indian training providers and employers. It represents the largest collective attempt by UK colleges to contribute to India’s strategy to improve the skills of 500 million people by 2022.
AoC International Director John Mountford said: “This marks a great opportunity, not only for our member colleges in the UK, but also for a huge variety of education and training providers in India. AoC in India will be a way of sharing educational best practice that has been developed in colleges in the UK over many decades.
“AoC in India represents a strong partnership of UK further education colleges that will work together to effectively engage with leading Indian training, education and industry partners and develop programmes which, due to the scale of the skills drive in India, may involve training local people to train others and ‘cascade’ skills down to the wider population. India has a huge and growing economy and this joint initiative aims to ensure employees and companies have access to the formal training needed to sustain such expansion.”
Adrian Mutton, CEO and founder of Sannam S4, said: "The skills challenge in India is immense and the Association of Colleges and its members are well positioned to contribute to tackling this. Our local knowledge and expertise of the education and skills markets in both the UK and India will help the AoC team identify training opportunities."