Bhubaneswar, August 2: With an aim to strengthen economic links between UK and Odisha, the British Deputy High Commission had organised the visit of a 10-member UK education and skills delegation to Odisha on 1 August to promote business opportunities for UK-based companies.
At an interactive business session with the Odisha Skill Development Authority and representatives of the Odisha government, the visiting UK companies showcased their operations and how their products and services can help Odisha bridge the skills gap and drive the economy forward.
The visit of the delegation titled the ‘UK Skills Caravan’ is in response to the Government of Odisha’s (GoO) request for information and knowledge about UK expertise in the area of English language skills for primary, ITI and Diploma level students. The GoO also sought interaction with UK vocational and technical skill providers especially in areas like healthcare, electrical, and building infrastructure.
An area of particular interest for Odisha is ‘training the trainer’ programmes to accelerate skills training. In a message, the British Deputy High Commissioner Kolkata, Bruce Bucknell said that the relationship between Odisha and UK is already strong but there is scope to make it even stronger.
Welcoming the interaction Bruce said that the UK Skills Caravan was an ideal example of how UK expertise and proven service delivery can play a catalytic role in this vital area.
He also said that UK vocational skills and training providers have over a hundred years of experience in delivering world class skills to people around the globe. The UK has the capacity to deliver at scale – delivering skills to over 3 million learners a year in the UK alone and to countless more around the globe.
Mentioning that developing a more skilled workforce is critical to India’s future development, Bruce Bucknell said that he was proud that India is already host to many of the UK’s most experienced and innovative skill development providers. He was hopeful that the visiting UK companies would find business partners and commercial opportunities in Odisha.
Apart from the interaction with the GoO, the visiting UK companies held focused meetings with Odisha-based companies looking for education and skills partnerships.