Medtronic & State government collaborate to advance skill development in Kerala

An MoU was signed by the medical tech company with ASAP to provide final-year students with advanced skills to improve their employability

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India Medtronic, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Medtronic, the Ireland-based medical technology, services, and solutions company, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Kerala government’s Additional Skill Acquisition Programme Kerala (ASAP), to equip final year students with advanced skill sets and improve their employability within the healthcare industry.

Under this collaboration, ASAP will continue to offer skill-development programmes for youth through its advanced skill development centres. Simultaneously, through the Acquire Early Programme, Medtronic will leverage this talent pool for its internship projects. This will provide students the required mentorship, meaningful job experience and more knowledge of soft skills and in-demand skills that will make them job ready. Additionally, final-year students from Tier 3 and Tier 4 institutes will undergo the Bridge Programme developed by ASAP. Once they complete the programme successfully, they will be assessed and taken on as interns by Medtronic.

Madan Krishnan, vice president and managing director, Medtronic India, shares, “Through this programme, we hope to extend opportunities to students to join the innovative world of medical technology and contribute to improving access to latest therapies.”

Aimed at alignment with the Indian government’s Skill India vision, this internship programme will offer an opportunity to students to gain valuable work experience and understand a rapidly-growing and evolving med-tech industry.

As a skill-development agency, ASAP works towards improving the employability of the youth. The tie-up with Medtronic is hoped to be a “mutually benefitting collaboration” that will “offer some unique opportunities for the youth of Kerala,” said Usha Titus, chairperson and managing director, ASAP Kerala.

This collaboration will also deploy a series of insightful webinars and guest lectures designed for third-year and final year engineering students, where leaders will give aspiring students a peak into a career in the med-tech sector.

Medtronic employs over 90,000 people worldwide, serving physicians, hospitals, and patients in across 150 countries.

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