Creative & Cultural Skills, GJSCI ink MoU

Last Updated: Tue, Feb 19, 2013 13:36 hrs

New Delhi, Feb 19 (IBNS) Creative & Creative Skills have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Gem & Jewellery Skill Council of India (GJSCI).

The partnership was announced in association with the UK Prime Minister David Cameron's state visit to India.

Earlier in his three-day visit, Cameron outlined how the UK can forge "one of the great partnerships of the 21st century" with India.

This MoU between Creative & Cultural Skills and the Gem & Jewellery Skill Council of India has been facilitated as part of the UK India Education Research Initiative

(UKIERI), an agreement signed in 2010 between the UK and Indian governments.

UKIERI aims to strengthen the bilateral relationship between India and the UK, and set an example of best practice in international cooperation.

Premkumar Kothari, Chairman GJSCI, and Paul Latham, Chairman, Creative & Cultural Skills signed the Memorandum of Understanding.

The partnership follows the GJSCI's tour of the UK last month. It will focus on mutual benefits for both Sector Skills Councils and their wider networks of colleges and industry employers.

The MoU will enable sharing of best practice, staff exchange, and development of new models to increase employer engagement and investment in skills.

Catherine Large, Joint CEO, Creative & Cultural Skills, said: "It is an exciting development for us as a UK company and we believe we have much to develop working alongside
similar organisations to attain the same goals - setting industry recognised standards, providing fair access for young people, and ensuring that the creative and cultural sectors play a strong part in our global economy."

Dharmesh Sodah, CEO, Gem & Jewellery Skill Council if India, said: "This MoU holds a lot of promise for the stakeholders of the gem & jewellery industries, both in UK as well as in India."

Gem & Jewellery Skill Council of India is the Sector Skills Council for the Gems & Jewellery Industry set up under the aegis of the National Skill Development Corporation, India.

Creative & Cultural Skills supports the skills and training needs of the UK's creative and cultural industries.

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