Support for Skills Development

Project description

Title: EC Support for skills development in India
Commissioned by: European Commission
Country: India
Overall term: 2012 to 2016

India, 2012: A visit to the Sir C. V. Raman ITI in Dheerpur. © GIZ


The Government of India is currently upgrading more than 2,000 industrial training institutes and skills development colleges through various different programmes. The Directorate General for Employment and Training at the Ministry of Labour has developed a modular employable skills curriculum as part of the Skill Development Initiative Scheme.

The project ‘Support for Skills Development in India’, which is funded by the European Commission, complements these ongoing programmes by supplying technical assistance and access to know-how. It is also building ties to similar institutions in the European Union to promote skills development.


The Directorate General of Employment and Training (DGE&T), the National Council for Vocational Training (NCVT) and the National Skill Development Cooperation (NSDC) have improved capacities for the efficient implementation of the skills development policy agenda. In various areas of employment, a larger number of skilled workers are being certified to a higher standard, with greater relevance to the needs of the respective employment sectors.


To support this ambitious objective, a consortium of five partners including Cambridge Education (lead) and GIZ IS will contribute to the efficient and effective implementation of the government’s National Policy on Skill Development.

The other partners of the consortium are City & Guilds, the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) and Aarhus Tech, Denmark. The members of this consortium can all draw on wide-ranging experiences in support of education and training projects around the world. They have developed a set of principles which are seen as important for successful partnerships and sustainable outcomes. The organisations and their experts in the field will be guided by these principles as they deliver their technical assistance and know-how.

  • All activities and project outputs will be based on the transfer of skills, and will focus on raising the capacity and quality of technical vocational education and training, and of the skills development system.
  • Solutions and strategies should be practical and affordable.
  • Inclusion and participation are encouraged at all levels and in all fields.
  • The ownership of the project objectives should be in the hands of the local partners.
  • Efforts are made to ensure all the stakeholders’ needs are addressed.
  • Advice, support and guidance are based on national and international experiences and best value for money.
  • The project will respond flexibly to changing circumstances during its implementation.
  • Building on new ideas, lessons learned and stakeholders’ suggestions, the consortium members will promote innovation and act as agents of change.
  • At all times, the project will consult and negotiate with local and national educational authorities, and seek consensus.