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Sector Skills Councils unite to boost agriculture in India

Staff from Lantra Sector Skills Council recently paid a visit to the Agriculture Skills Council of India as part of a jointly funded programme with the UK India Education and Research Initiative (UKIERI).

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Staff from Lantra Sector Skills Council recently paid a visit to the Agriculture Skills Council of India as part of a jointly funded programme with the UK India Education and Research Initiative (UKIERI).

The aim of this joint venture is to establish how SSCs can learn from each other with regards to the development of skills programmes. This will in turn help address the skills shortages that are emerging in agriculture in India.

Lantra staff were able to share their expertise in the development of occupational standards, technical training courses and the use of on line skills assessment tools. Visits to Tamil Nadu University, sugar cane and millet breeding programmes as well as tea plantations gave a critical insight into the future skills needs of agriculture and how the SSC is trying to address labour shortages.

As a result of this visit Lantra and the Agriculture Skills Council of India will be exploring a variety of new opportunities, such as the development of skills passports, technical training courses and different assessment methods that will help address skills gaps and acute labour shortages India is currently experiencing.

Madge Moore, Director of Skills Partnerships at Lantra commented: “This trip was most informative and a real eye opener. Here in England we feel we have skills shortages and a labour deficit, but this is nothing in comparison with the Indian situation. Helping the Indian workforce to get upskilled and for people to get meaningful jobs is a key objective for the Agriculture Skills Council and we hope our joint cooperation and sharing of expertise will help them achieve this goal.”

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