Skills competitions have recently been endorsed by the Government of India as it realises that is an effective means to help make skills training aspirational amongst the youth. This endorsement was strongly demonstrated when for the first time, the Government of India organised Skill competitions in Delhi in July 2016 to mark the World Youth Skills Day.
The British Council has been working closely with the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Government of India and WorldSkills India to help build partnerships with the WorldSkills UK. In 2015 the British Council, working with WorldSkills UK and the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC), brought a delegation from India to the UK to experience the national Skills Show held in Birmingham.
In November 2016, the British Council conducted a study tour to the Skills Show from 15-17 November 2016 in Birmingham which was attended by 20 Indian delegates including representation from Ministers, senior bureaucrats and key stakeholders from the skills sector.
Following on our previous engagements with the Ministry of skill development in India and the WorldSkills UK, British Council will continue to support and encourage skill competitions as a way of promoting and raising awareness on vocational education and training.
For this we propose to create skills tool kit which will act as a resource for teachers and students to know more on skill competitions and use it for hands-on-practice.
The tool kit seeks to support students to build on their future career plans by exploring various career opportunities.
Objectives of the Skills Tool Kit:
- Generate awareness of skills training, and help improve the perception of vocational education and training among young people and their teachers
- Facilitate more informed career exploration and planning in line with employment opportunity through online resources for young students
- Encourage exploration and the trying-out of vocational skills in different sectors to allow young people to identify their strengths and interests through freely accessible resources and tools
- Provide guidance notes to teachers on how to use the resource kit and help integrate careers advice and information on vocational education into their curriculum
Toolkits, during the pilot phase, will be created for the trade of Automobile Technology.