Launched in 2017, the ‘Training of Trainers Towards Capacity Building in Skills and Education (TOT-CBSE)’ project brings together partners from the UK and India to provide training institutions with the skills they need to meet the requirements of the modern engineering sector. Funded by the UK-India Education and Research Initiative (UKIERI) and India’s Ministry of Skills Development and Entrepreneurship, we aim to bridge the divide that often exists between academic and industry.
The project brings together Dudley College of Technology, the National Institute of Technology in Tiruchirapalli (NITT) and Enginuity, and is based on research commissioned by India’s National Skill Development Corporation. Within the region covered by the project, there are over 6,600 skills training institutions, many of which report a mismatch between the training they deliver and the skills required by industry. The quality and standardization of skills training delivery is also an issue, as is the impetus from employers to engage with training delivery institutions. Therefore, the project is in the process of:
- Carrying out a systematic review, assessment and analysis of the gaps existing between the demand and supply of engineering skills across the states of Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka, Pondicherry, West Bengal, Orissa, Assam & Kerala;
- Developing and delivering training skills for trainers, empowering them to deliver high quality vocational education, training and assessments;
- Facilitating a sustainable model for trainers providing vocational education in the region, taking into account the national and global agenda.
The training delivered will provide tools for Indian trainers to develop their skills around content creation, assessment methodologies, session planning, training delivery and assessing practical skills. This will create an inclusive model of delivery, as it is targeted at trainers working with students from across a range of backgrounds, thereby providing opportunities for social mobility.
To achieve this, a team from NITT have undertaken a structured review based on feedback from the trainers in Industrial Training Institutes across the six participating states. A survey was developed with input from key state officials, while the team met with relevant stakeholders in Chennai and Bangalore. This allowed them to develop a Training Needs Assessment based on the survey and a published research paper.
Following this, Enginuity in the UK collated the research into a formal report, which includes the findings, a global perspective on the research data, and recommendations for the Train the Trainer programme. This is now being used to develop the training content, which will be delivered to trainers and heads of institutions in India by Master Trainers (who will be trained by Dudley College). The modular training programme will meet the skills requirements of Indian industry, with placement opportunities identified with employers who contributed to the content development exercise as key stakeholders. The training will be delivered in India once the COVID-19 travel restrictions have been lifted in both countries. In the event that this does not happen in an appropriate timeframe, training will instead be delivered online. In this case, we will break down the training into individual sessions that are more appropriate to online delivery. The project will conclude in March 2021.