The aim of research studies in the skills segment are to build research partnerships in order to identify existing skills gap in various sectors and propose possible solutions and way forward by making use of UK’s knowledge and expertise and promote dissemination of ideas so as to bring about amicable working solutions to the skills gap and employability issues. The skills segment focuses on creating relevant and high-impact research studies and also creates supporting events that bring practitioners together.

In order to increase the impact of the research studies, we enter into partnerships with key stakeholders and work closely with the government. 

Skills Assessment in India

One of the pertinent research reports is Skills Assessment in India.

Excerpt: This discussion paper offers a starting point from which to analyse the skills assessment sector, with a particular focus on three states: Haryana, Maharashtra and Odisha. The discussion paper also focuses primarily on aspects of third party assessment, including funding; assessor recruitment and resourcing; skills gaps in the assessor workforce; assessment processes; quality assurance; and certification and placement. Finally, the discussion paper makes recommendations for further development of the Indian skills assessment sector.  

View the complete report at the given link - Skills Assessment in India.

English Skills for Employability: Setting Common Standards

Excerpt: This research study addresses the following two objectives identified by the English Skills for Employability (ESfE) Think Tank2: 

To evaluate if there is a need to develop a new entry level within the context of the Common European Reference Framework, that recognises achievement at A0 (pre-A1) level.

To conduct action research with three sectors – construction, healthcare and hospitality – in order to develop a white paper on how the linguistic levels of the CEFR could be best integrated into vocational qualifications developed under the National Skills Qualification Framework (NSQF).

View the complete report at the given link - English Skills for Employability

ESFE Think Tank

Excerpt: To address the growing need for English Skills for Employability in India, the British Council and the National Skills Development Agency (NSDA) invited key UK and Indian stakeholders to join an English Skills for Employability (ESfE) Think Tank. The objective of the ESfE Think Tank is to provide a platform for stakeholders to discuss needs, share experiences and identify ways of working together to address the key priorities emerging from the discussions. This document outlines the context in which the Think Tank functioned and gives an overview of the meetings and discussions that have taken place so far.

View the complete report at the given link - ESFE Think Tank

Blended Leaning Models in India: Exploring Opportunities for UK Partnerships

With the efforts of the Government to ameliorate the education and skill development deficit on one hand and the increasing demand for market oriented skills on the other hand that needs to incorporate the triumvirate of Skill, Scale and Speed – there has emerged a clear mandate to look for innovative methods to achieve skilling targets.

Given this need to embrace innovative models for skilling, the British High Commission and the British Council are working with the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Government of India, to identify how the UK and India can work together to create a self-sustaining ecosystem for UK providers to deliver high quality skills training at scale in India through blending learning model. The model that has been explored is Skill Development Using Railway Infrastructure and Armed Forces.

This research report is available in the downloads section below.