Train the trainer: NSDC ties up with Singapore Polytechnic & Temasek to set up academies across India

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Singapore Polytechnic will work closely with NSDC to develop a TVET Guideline and quality assurance framework for trainer and assessor academies to be set up in India.

There is a rising demand for trainers and assessors in India’s skill development ecosystem. The National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) plans to set up trainer and assessor academies in the country.

For these academies, NSDC will partner with Singapore Polytechnic (SP) and Temasek Foundation International. These two organisations will help NSDC create technical and vocational education and training (TVET) programmes to build the capabilities of 300 education leaders and specialists, who will establish and manage these academies across India.

Temasek Foundation International will support the programme with a grant of Singapore $502,955 (Rs 2.5 crore).

A formal Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) will be signed between NSDC and SP.

SP will work closely with NSDC to develop a TVET guideline and quality assurance framework for trainer and assessor academies to be set up in India. The participating institutions will utilise these guidelines and framework to conceptualise the systems and processes for the academies. When the trainer and assessor academies are in place, the jointly-developed quality assurance framework will shape how these academies are reviewed in terms of performance.

Manish Kumar, MD & CEO, NSDC said, “There is an urgent need for quality trainers and assessors across different sectors in India. Our collaboration with Singapore Polytechnic and Temasek Foundation International will help us develop best-in-class framework for vocational training and quality assurance in India and will further help in scaling up various initiatives under the Skill India mission.”

Benedict Cheong, chief executive, Temasek Foundation International says, “In many communities, technical and vocational education and training (TVET) forms a major component of the overall education system and helps to build a competent and skilled workforce ready to meet industry needs. As part of this collaboration, participants will be able to exchange experiences and challenges on TVET standards, frameworks and curriculum, and learn from each other. We hope the programme will contribute to NSDC’s plans of setting up the trainer and assessor academies across India and also enhance networks of cooperation between the TVET institutions of India and Singapore.”

Soh Wai Wah, principal and chief executive officer, Singapore Polytechnic says, “As Singapore’s first polytechnic, we have established a track record of providing quality training and building skillsets. We will be able to bring our expertise offshore and contribute towards the development of capabilities in India. ”

The above engagement is in line with the larger collaboration between India and Singapore on skill development.

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