“Alliance for Dual VET” (Vocational Education and Training) launched at high-level conference

Major boost for “Skill India”: Indian industrialists and leaders of major Indian companies launched the “Alliance for Dual VET”, today. Their objective is to contribute to the implementation of dual structures in the vocational education and training system (VET) of India. The Alliance was initiated and facilitated by German Ambassador to India, Dr. Martin Ney. Liz Mohn, vice-chair of the Bertelsmann Foundation’s Executive Board and its Board of Trustees, supported the launching conference.

Baba N. Kalyani, chairman and managing director Bharat Forge, presented the declaration of the founding members highlighting India’s demographic challenge and the need to turn it into a demographic dividend. In order to achieve that, strengthening skills and employability of young people will be key, the declaration states. Minister of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Rajiv Pratap Rudy, honoured the conference with his presence.

The Alliance members expressed their conviction that significant improvements in quantity and quality of VET cannot be achieved without the proactive participation of the industry. Young people should gain real employability in vocational education through hands-on experience - which is called Dual VET referring to the world-renowned and successful German model.

German Ambassador Ney underlined: “We all feel that India is approaching a crucial point. I am convinced that India can achieve a breakthrough if industry assumes ownership of the dual vocational education and training of workers.”

As of today, more than 20 Indian industrialists and company leaders have elaborated strategies and underlined their commitment by signing the founding declaration. The Alliance is open to accept further members and partners. The founding members are convinced that a leading role by large companies is crucial as small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) may not have the capacity to take the lead. They have decided  to cooperate through the Alliance in order to raise awareness of the benefits of dual VET, exchange best practices, establish “lighthouse projects”, collaborate with Industrial Training Institutes and other training institutes, and encourage and enable SMEs to participate in the initiative as well.

High-level panels with representatives from industry, the media, the Indian and German Governments, Bertelsmann Foundation as well as from existing lighthouse projects presented and discussed benefits, structures, framework requirements and successful initiatives for dual VET in India.