High commissioner plans to offer UK vocational training to help India develop skills

The UK could offer vocational training to Indian workers according to high commissioner to India Richard Stagg.

He said the offer will to be made during prime minister Gordon Brown’s visit to India on 21 January 2008 for the fourth India-UK summit in New Delhi.

“We are willing to provide expertise in the vocational sector to develop a skilled workforce for potential jobs in the subcontinent,” said Stagg. “Our development corporation is ready to collaborate with the Indian government for building the human capital required to sustain the 8% to 9% GDP growth in this country.”

Stagg said that in the build up to the summit “we are having discussions with the Indian government on ways and means of providing course materials and the requisite machinery to strengthen the infrastructure of industrial training institutes in the country.”

The summit should also see announcements of more collaboration by the two countries in academic and scientific research. Brown is expected to sign several agreements covering education, health and scientific research as well as vocational training.


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