Ten UK-based companies have pledged to invest 29.29 million pound to train about 20 lakh people in India by 2020. “10 UK companies have committed to support India’s Make in India and Skill India initiatives by enhancing skills to global standards and giving the trainees greater employment opportunities in India and at a global level,” UK India Business Council (UKIBC) said in a statement.
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The firms include HSBC, Vodafone, Reckitt Benckiser, Rolls Royce, OCS, Mott Macdonald, G4S, Aviva, Marks & Spencer and GSK. The areas of skills being covered are apprenticeships, career development, technical, soft and leadership training, and the all-important certification support. Speaking about the pledge, UKIBC Chair Patricia Hewitt said: “India has an enormous pool of ambitious and talented young people, and the pledge gives them access to work quality training to recognised international standards.” Ashok Bajpai, Managing Director, G4S Secure Solutions (India), said a skilled workforce is the bedrock of India’s race to meet its destiny of becoming an economic superpower.
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