Making skills history in India
City & Guilds becomes the first British company to be approved by the NSDC
16 January 2014
An agreement has been signed in the presence of Matthew Hancock MP, Minister of State for Skills and Enterprise, by Dilip Chenoy, MD and CEO of the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) and John Yates, CEO of Manipal City & Guilds (MCG). The agreement made MCG the first British company to be included alongside the growing number of NSDC-approved Indian companies.
As part of the agreement, MCG – a joint venture between City & Guilds and Manipal Global Education – has committed to train over 63,000 people during a ten-year period in the areas of construction, hospitality, and retail. MCG indicated that it would expect to train an additional 77,000 people across a range of other sectors, bringing the total to over 140,000 skilled workers.
MCG has also committed to adhere to NSDC’s stringent terms, which includes the stipulation that at least 70% of those trained are successfully placed into employment.
Following the signing, John Yates CEO, Manipal City & Guilds said: ‘Manipal City & Guilds is delighted to become the first UK-India Joint Venture NSDC Training Partner. NSDC has developed an extensive network of partners and expertise in skills development across India. We know that in working together we can crack the massive opportunity of skilling India’s youth and getting them into work.’
MCG will work with employers to source appropriate candidates on their behalf and then train them so they are work-ready for their first day of employment. Typical trainees will be young, unskilled and with low academic achievements. The training programme will provide them with the right skills needed for work and place them in immediate employment. It is hoped this will have a huge impact on their self-esteem and make a real difference to their lives both now and in the future.