NCN launches New Delhi venture in September

NEW College Nottingham has signed an historic agreement to establish the first vocational training academy of its kind in India.

It has linked up with an Indian partner to teach lifestyle skills, drawing on its experience in Nottingham teaching skills in sectors such as retailing and construction. The new academy will open in New Delhi in September and will eventually work with up to 1,000 students.

NCN has set up New College Nottingham International Lifestyles Academy to deliver what it says will be world-class higher-level technical education modelled on its own successful vocational courses. It will work closely with firms such as Marks & Spencer, Next, Crowne Plaza Group and Discovery Channel machines sous gratuites sans téléchargement.

The academy will initially focus on a curriculum incorporating hospitality, retail and logistics, media and fashion. It will also offer teacher training and advanced English.

NCN principal Amarjit Basi said the initiative was in response to India’s skills shortage.

He said: “This entrepreneurial venture is a milestone in our strategy to develop and export UK vocational education.

“Our significant expertise in lifestyles industry sectors aligns with the growth areas of expansion for the Indian economy.

“The academy will support India’s national skills development policy focus on employer-led, skills-based training.

“We aspire to link together Indian industry and education – a model that has the potential to be replicated across India.”

With skills shortages a major constraint to growth, enhancing the technical skills of 500 million people over the next ten years remains one of India’s biggest challenges.

Batra Group, founded in 1911, is a business with a portfolio of brands and business interests including education, healthcare, automobiles, retail and hospitality. The academy will initially focus on Higher National Certificates

Nick Whitehouse, NCN dean of higher education and international development, said: “Our academy model has the potential to be replicated across India.”

Batra Group director, Dhruv Batra, added: “The academy will attempt to create a platform that will infuse international academic standards and best practices to link together Indian industry and education.”

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