Events and study tours

Through conferences and events, we seek to bring to India the best of the UK skills training and vocational education practices, and promote engagement with their Indian counterparts for the benefit of both the countries.

The platforms also advocate and promote best practices that will aid in the implementation of the developmental agenda and help stakeholders engage in meaningful dialogues for addressing crucial national issues relating to employability and skills. 

Take a look at some of our recent events:

UK Skills Policy Dialogue, 7–9 March 2017 in Edinburgh, United Kingdom.

Skills study tour and policy dialogue is being organised by the British Council on the theme - 

How important is enterprise training to job creation? Embedding enterprise in Technical and Vocational Education’ from 7th–9th March 2017 in Edinburgh, United Kingdom.

With those engaged in self-employment, Edinburgh will provide a dynamic setting for this British Council Skills Seminar. The aim is to explore the differing approaches to entrepreneurship training within the wider international skills agenda by drawing on the expertise and varied perspectives of entrepreneurs, government officials and representatives from the education sector.

This event will introduce delegates to the current UK and Global thinking on the role that enterprise and entrepreneurial training has in a wider skills agenda.  We will address key issues such as: should enterprise training be part of, or additional to technical training; access to finance; the role of mentoring; reaching disadvantaged groups and the role of different stakeholders.  We will provide a range of views from business, government and education and will also have visits to businesses, innovation hubs and colleges. 

For updates on the study tour, please visit the page - UK SKills Policy Dialogue

UK’s Annual Skills Show and Study Tour, Birmingham, 15-17 Nov 2016

The British Council is conducting a study tour to the Skills Show, the UK’s largest skills and careers advice event, from 15-17 November 2016 in Birmingham, UK. The study tour, titled Improving Employer and Learner Engagement in Vocational Education, will take you behind the scenes of the Skills Show to meet the organisers, employers and students to get a better understanding of how participation in the WorldSkills competition can be leveraged to improve both employer and learner engagement. 

This study tour will also introduce delegates to the main components of the UK Skills system and will seek to address key issues such as quality assurance, apprenticeships and inclusion. There will be a visit to the Skills Show ,an employer and college visits during the tour. For updates on the study tour, please visit the page - UK’s Annual Skills Show and Study Tour, Birmingham

Skill India Report Launch - Understanding the Market for Training and Certification, NOV 2016

Join us at the Skill India Report Launch - Understanding the Market for Training and Certification on 17th November 2016 at 1600hrs at Gallery Suite 16, 17 and 18, National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham. For RSVP please write to Leighton Ernsberger

7th CII Global Summit on Skill Development, Hyderabad, 9-10 Nov 2016

The 7th CII Global Summit on Skill Development  is scheduled on 9-10th November 2016 in Taj Krishna, Hyderabad.

The 7th Global Summit on Skill Development, with the theme of “Networking for Globally Transferable Skills”, will explore today's most pressing issues, bringing together opinion leaders from across nations. The summit comes with the belief that youth in all countries will benefit from imbibing global skill standards. Global acceptance has the potential to transform youth learning, workforce participation and ultimately enhance productivity. 

Skill India Week, July 2016

The British Council, the British High Commission and DfID have joined hands with the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Government of India to celebrate Skills Week from 15-17 July 2016 at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi. The opening ceremony on 15 July celebrated UN World Youth Skills Day, with the Hon’ble President of India inaugurating the event. The UK will be an active partner to the Skills Week event through seminars, youth engagement and expo to showcase its offer in skills training.

The British Council facilitated the participation of a delegation of six representatives from World Skills UK at the Skills Week. The delegation conducted master classes for competition experts at the venue, and the skills champions engaged with the youth in active interactions and showing demo skills.

The delegation from World Skills UK had the following experts:

  • Ben Blackledge, Director of Education, WorldSkills UK
  • Jill Goddard, Head of Planning and Funding, WorldSkills UK 
  • Naomi Martika: Skills Champion Beauty and Wellness
  • Elijah Sumner: Skills Champion Auto Technology
  • Sue Simpson: Key expert Beauty and wellness
  • Frazer Minskip: Key expert Auto repair

For further details, please refer to the India Skills Week - Summary Report (available in the downloads section below).

Nypunyam - the International Skill Summit and Skill Fiesta, Kerala, Feb 2016

The International Skill Summit & Skill Fiesta was held recently at Taj Vivanta, (Trivandrum) Kerala from 5-7 February 2016. The event was jointly organized by the Directorate of Employment and Training (DET) and Kerala Academy for Skills Excellence (KASE) with the objective of raising the status of vocational education and training in order to build a globally competitive workforce.

The British Council actively participated in the summit with contributions being made at the technical sessions by means of sharing best practices from the UK; and at the Skill Fiesta where two young Indian contestants, who recently attended the Skills Show UK (2015), had participated and showcased their skills in beauty therapy.

A summary report of the Skill Summit and Skill Fiesta can be found here.

The Skills Show UK, Nov 2015

The Skills Show 2015, UK’s largest annual skills and careers advice event, this year too saw a remarkable number of school students, parents, further education colleges and training providers participating with great fervour. An estimated 75000 footfalls was recorded at the Skills Show 2015.

The British Council-India, in association with the National Skill Development Corporation, initiated the process for participation of six Indian students at the Skills Show (19-21 November, Birmingham), which also witnessed a participation of over 136 delegates from 20 countries. The candidates showcased their skills in jewellery design and beauty therapy to a gathering of 75000 people. These selected students included Ashwini Hemant Tareh (19) and Karishma Sunil Gupta (18) from Pune; Tabassum Sulthana (19) from Chennai; Shweta Singh (20) and Savita Palariya (20) from Uttarakhand and Pooja Rani (20) from Delhi. As a run-up to the Skills Show, regional skills competitions were successfully conducted in the Indian cities of Bangalore, Surat, Coimbatore, New Delhi, Mumbai, Guwahati and Jaipur. 

The experience gained at the Skills Show provided an opportunity for the students to benchmark their skills by competing alongside UK competitors, while also enhancing their confidence levels for their future participation in the International Skills Show to be held in Abu Dhabi 2017. The platform also enabled them to interact, share and gain knowledge from UK experts and embrace best practices. 

At the event, beauty therapy students got first-hand information on what it takes to be a winner, as they got the opportunity to meet and interact with Rianne Chester- the UK Gold Medallist in Beauty Therapy and the winner of Albert Vidal award for best overall score in the World Skills São Paulo 2015. 

The Indian competitors also met David Cragg, the Deputy Chair of the Skills Show. David’s passion for the skills sector was very evident from his speech, in which he also revealed his eagerness to explore and reach out to international stakeholders in carrying forward the skills agenda.  

The two jewellery design competitors were benchmarked at the level of 3rd (bronze) and 6th place (medallion of excellence),  while the Beauty Therapy students got encouraging feedback from the judges who were highly appreciative of the skills demonstrated by the competitors and wished them immense success for their future endeavours. 

“This platform provided me a huge amount of exposure and helped me know my own strengths and weakness. It also added more value to my existing skills sets because I learnt from the best practices of my UK counterparts. My confidence level has increased and my family, friends and employers see me in high esteem”, said Ashwini, one of the enthusiastic participants.  For further details, please refer to the Impact story of the Skills Show UK (available in the downloads section below).

Press Releases:

Vision West Nottinghamshire College:

https://www.wnc.ac.uk/About-us/News/Press-Release.aspx?PRID=1117

Times of India:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Six-girls-to-represent-India-at...

Economic Times:

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/magazines/panache/six-girls-to-repre...

English Skills for a World Class Workforce Workshop, Oct 2015

The English Skills for a World Class Workforce Workshop, 20th October 2015,  The Park Hotel, New Delhi.

The objective of the workshop was to identify job roles and sectors where English language skills, benchmarked against international standards, are essential for employability and mobility and to provide a platform for creating new commercially sustainable partnerships that can produce the certificates, trainers and content needed to reach these standards.

This highly interactive workshop was facilitated by ELT and skills professionals from the British Council’s global and India teams and had been designed in collaboration with the National Skills Development Corporation.

Key participants of the workshop included UK English Language Training Providers; Indian Sector Skills Council representatives; Assessment Bodies; Key government representatives; and other relevant stakeholders.

A summary report of the English Skills for a World Class Workforce Workshop can be found here.

World Skills India Regional Competitions: Gems and Jewellery, Sep 2015

The final round of the World Skills India for Gems and Jewellery was held in Jaipur on 18th and 19th September 2015 at the Indian Institute of Gems and Jewellery where 10 students demonstrated their intricate skills and expertise in designing and carving exquisite stones. 4 students were selected at the competitions – Shweta Singh (20), Savita Palariya (20) from Jaipur; and Ashraf Jamaal (16), Sanjay Pramanik (17) from Bangalore. 

The competition was a culmination of the regional events that had taken place in different states including Coimbatore, Bangalore and Surat. Two students were selected from these 4 finalists, who got a chance to compete and benchmark their skills against UK competitors at the Skills Show in November 2015.

World Skills India Regional Competitions: Beauty and Wellness, Sep 2015

The British Council with the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC), Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) and Beauty and Wellness Sector Skill Council (B&WSSC) held four regional competitions for talented youth in the Beauty and Wellness sector to travel to the UK and compete in the country’s largest skills and careers advice event – the Skills Show.

Competitions were held in the following cities:

  • Guwahati
  • Chennai
  • Mumbai
  • Delhi

The Workshop on Blended Learning Model to Achieve Scalable Skill Development, Sep 2015

The workshop was organised by the British Council and the British High Commission, in association with the India Didactics Association, on 10th September 2015 at Arena I, Bangalore International Exhibition Centre (BIEC), Bangalore. 

The session was held alongside the World Didac Expo and witnessed the launch of some of the major highlights of the Research Report on Blended Learning Models for Skill Development and Opportunities for UK Providers. The deliberations at the workshop focused on exploring effective models in blended learning which can promote the ambitious skill development agenda of the Government of India. It also explored how the UK and India can work together by harnessing each other’s expertise to create a self-sustaining ecosystem for delivering high quality skills training at scale.

The workshop was led by experts from India and the UK and was attended by leading technology providers along with key government functionaries, training providers, representatives of Sector Skills Council, and other participants.