The ‘Vocational Education and English Skills Training Project’ (VEEST) ran in Sirsa (in Haryana) and Sitapur (in Uttar Pradesh) from 2010 to 2014. It was a partnership between the British Council, the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII), and City & Guilds (UK), and was funded by the European Union.
As part of the project, the British Council trained teachers to deliver the specially-designed Workplace English course, which aimed to improve the language and soft skills of 10,800 learners from disadvantaged backgrounds, leading to better employability prospects. The course was supported by the local governments of Sirsa and Sitapur, and was delivered through partnerships with local education institutions, schools and colleges. Teaching centres were also set up in each district. The course was offered free of cost.