Go-ahead for a new phase in German-Indian cooperation for vocational education and training with iMOVE: The Indian government places its trust in practice-oriented "Training - Made in Germany" for the qualification of teaching staff.
The Indian government has commissioned the Beruflichen Fortbildungszentren der Bayerischen Wirtschaft (bfz), a company within the Bavarian bbw Group, to carry out a project for modernising the state-owned key institutions for vocational education and training personnel. The inter-institutional cooperation with the two master trainer institutions in Bangalore is scheduled for three years. It targets the fields of welding and mechatronics and will start in autumn this year. iMOVE carried out both the tender for the measures and a qualitative pre-selection of German providers for this train-the-trainer project on behalf of the responsible Indian ministry.
The commissioning authority is the newly established Indian Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MoSDE). Its range of responsibilities includes the development of occupational competences and entrepreneurial activity. It is part of the education reforms that were initiated by the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi subsequent to his accession to office in May 2014. Just recently, the Prime Minster has launched his Skill India mission on the World Youth Skills Day. The Indian government has set a target to provide skill training to 400 million people by 2022. Vocational education and training will also constitute a key topic at the German-Indian intergovernmental consultations that are scheduled to take place in India in October 2015.
This is not the first time that the Indian government targets Germany in awarding contracts for practice-oriented vocational qualification. The current contract is the result of the successful completion of a first pilot project in 2012. Back then, iMOVE performed a tender for master trainers in the fields of metal cutting technology and automotive mechatronics on commission of the Indian Labour Ministry. The District Craftsmen's Association Hellweg-Lippe in Soest won the tender and carried out the master trainer training.
"In our opinion, the practice-oriented and on-the-job training of skilled labour is a key element in the sustained and successful development of companies and the economy. We are delighted to contribute to the development of the Indian vocational education and training system with the bbw Group's long-standing and comprehensive expertise", said Anna Engel-Köhler, Managing Director of the bbw Group.
Ulrich Meinecke, Head of Division iMOVE at the German Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB), welcomes this new phase of cooperative partnership in the education industry: "iMOVE has already been successfully promoting the consolidation of the German-Indian education networks for many years. Our iMOVE Office in India in particular has facilitated the launching of numerous cooperation projects. The Indian partners in the current project occupy a key position within the public vocational education and training system in India. I hope that the qualification programmes will contribute to further strengthening the Indian parties' trust in the German approach of integrating elements of practical work."
iMOVE (International Marketing of Vocational Education) is an initiative of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) designed to promote and support the export of German vocational training and continuing education. In its capacity as a division within the German Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB), iMOVE supports German providers in accessing international markets with an extensive range of services. With "Training - Made in Germany", iMOVE campaigns abroad for German competence in the field of vocational education and training.
Indian government commissions German training provider
iMOVE Press release, 27 July 2015