Double intake on scheme for Indian talent

The Government is to double the number of places on a scheme allowing young Indian professionals to work on attachment with UK companies.

Trade and Industry Secretary Stephen Byers used his recent visit to India to announce the increase in places this year from 15 to 30.

Launched in 1998, the British Overseas Industrial Placement Scheme has seen more than 40 Indian nationals sponsored by UK organisations for up to 12 months.

Speaking at a seminar in Delhi, Byers said the scheme is designed to enable UK organisations to develop links in overseas markets.

He said, “These high-fliers contribute their skills and experience of their home market.

“Through their exposure to the products and services of their UK business sponsor they develop new skills and knowledge which they are able to apply on their return to India.

“So far, 43 talented Indian professionals have participated. As a result, leading British companies have gone on to develop partnerships and joint ventures with their Indian counterparts.”

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