As a result, investing in technical, training, leadership and English and communication skills is a priority for both the public and private sector.
To address these issues, City & Guilds is offering a portfolio of globally recognised qualifications designed specifically to the requirements of local employers in the hospitality, IT, and business process outsourcing (BPO) sectors.
We are also helping on a national scale, by developing skills in the region in the form of partnerships across business, government and institutions to develop appropriate incentives, financing and learning solutions to meet demand.
*Statistics and analysis from The Economist, January 2015, 'Skills needed: Addressing South Asia's deficit of technical and soft skills, Analysing the gap in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, An Economist Intelligence Unit report produced for the British Council'.
As a result of this work, we achieved City & Guilds Lion Awards in 2012, 2014 and 2015. The Lion Awards showcase the very best talent in vocational education and are a culmination of our Medals for Excellence awards programme, which dates back well over 100 years.
The awards recognise excellent results as well as those who show a true journey of progression throughout the course of their learning. Many candidates overcome significant challenges to achieve their goals.
In Bangladesh and Pakistan, we have also helped develop education and training programmes. As such, we've increased the number of qualifications awarded on average by 15% per year.