The City & Guilds Group and the Manipal Foundation partner to support skills development in India

The programme will support over 300 young Indians in achieving International Vocational Qualifications (IVQs) and other qualifications on the National Skills Qualification Framework (NSQF). The two organisations have committed a combined investment of 14.6m rupees over the next three years.

The scholarships will be available in Engineering & Manufacturing, Hospitality & Catering, Construction, Health & Social Care and Teaching & Learning. For the first year, the scholarships will be allocated in Bangalore, Mumbai, Delhi, and Bhubaneshwar, as well as the regions surrounding these cities.

They will be awarded based on need and merit. Examples of the individuals who will be eligible include: women (50% of the scholarships will be awarded to women); learners with disabilities; prisoners seeking rehabilitation; learners whose parental income is below Rs. 00.2Mn per annum; and individuals who demonstrate exceptional promise and a desire to learn.

The scholarship programme was successfully launched at an event in New Delhi, which included speeches from Mr S. Ramadorai, Chairman of the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) and National Skill Development Agency (NSDA), and Ms Gayathri Kalia, Chief operating Officer, DDU-GKY, from the Ministry of Rural Development.

Speaking about the scholarship programme, Mr Vaitheeswaran the Managing Director and CEO of Manipal Global Education said: ‘Manipal Global Education is committed to making a difference in the skills space. For this reason, we continue to invest in various education initiatives that provide high quality services, aligned to industry needs, and on a par with international standards. Our relationship with the City & Guilds Group grows stronger day by day – as shown through this scholarship programme – as we look to support each other and leverage our strengths globally.’

Chris Jones, Chief Executive of the City & Guilds Group said: ‘Vocational training can significantly benefit economies across the world. That’s why we’re so pleased to be launching this scholarship programme with Manipal Foundation. It will give young Indians the opportunity to develop the skills they need to progress in their careers, so they can contribute to businesses and communities, and help India’s economy grow.’

Adding to this, Mr. Bala Warrier, CEO, Manipal Foundation, said: ‘With the right interventions and programmes, India holds a strong position to provide skilled labour where the rest of the world is forecasted to experience a skills shortage, given the country’s booming youth population. It is indeed encouraging to see government leaders recognising the potential that VET offers to strengthen the country’s workforce. We are proud that through our programmes and scholarships we are able to aid in Prime Minister Modi’s goal to up-skill 500 million workers by 2022.’

Individuals can apply for scholarships by emailing: mfcg.scholarships@manipalglobal.com.