Siemens will partner with India’s Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship and Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development of the Federal Republic of Germany (BMZ) to impart ‘Skills for Sustainable Growth’ using German Dual Vocational Education and Training (Dual VET) methodology.
The emphasis would be on development of skills in innovative, sustainable sectors and technologies such as renewable energy, e-mobility and energy-efficiency.
The Declaration of Intent was signed by Dr K.P. Krishnan, Secretary of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Government of India, Norbert Barthle, Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, BMZ, Germany and Sunil Mathur, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Siemens Limited.
“With rapid technological changes taking place, it is critical that India is able to provide an Industry-ready workforce. To realize this, upskilling, reskilling and cross-skilling are an imperative. The German Dual Vocational Educational Training methods will contribute significantly to this end. We are pleased to partner with the MSDE and the BMZ in scaling up our skilling initiatives from currently 13,000 students a year to around 500,000 students by 2023,” said Siemens MD and CEO Sunil Mathur.
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH will implement its develoPPP program on behalf of BMZ.
“Dual (school-based and on-the-job) vocational training that is strongly rooted in practical experience gained on the job – as we practise it in Germany – has become a role model. We are excited that a country as important as India is increasingly using this model to skill its workforce, as it is facing the challenge of integrating one million young people in the labour market every month,” said Norbert Barthle, Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, BMZ, Germany.
“Siemens is an ideal partner to push this forward in very practical ways. And we are happy that we are jointly focusing on the most promising sectors that enable sustainable development in the future, such as solar energy, energy efficieny and e-mobility,” he added.
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