English Skills for Employability – Setting Common Standards

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The British Council, in partnership with Manipal City and Guilds, Trinity College London and

the National Skills Development Agency, are proud to launch a report that explores the role of

English in the NSQF, with a particular focus on English as a Skill for Employability for entry

level and semi-skilled employment in the sectors of Healthcare, Hospitality and Construction.

The report also explores the facilitating role that the Common European Reference Framework

(CEFR) for language can play for all languages in India, in the context of the NSQF, to

improve the quality of language training and facilitate better progression in learning.

With two thirds of the region’s population below 30 years of age, employment and

employability is a top developmental priority for countries in the region. Many policy making

bodies view English as a key skill and one that would go a long way in improving the

opportunities and employability of the large and growing mass of youth in South Asia, in a fast

globalising world.

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In India, creating and formally adopting a national framework of occupational standards and

qualifications through the National Skills Qualifications Framework (NSQF) is an important first

step to improving employability skills, up-skilling Indian workers and ensuring that the quality of

technical and vocational education and training (TVET) is standardised. This also ties in to the

need for meaningful recognition of achievement of skills and knowledge, important for

employment and progression (vertical or lateral) of workers and aspirants.

The research report ‘English Skills for Employability – Setting Common Standards’ is

authored by Emma-Sue Prince, Director of Unimenta and S Manish Singh, Managing Director

of PROGILENCE Capability Development Pvt. Ltd. The report was launched recently at the

British Council in New Delhi.

Gill Caldicott Director Operations for India, British Council said, ‘Creating an entry level

on the existing Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, or an Indian

equivalent, would provide a great incentive for aspiring language learners, particularly adults in

the workplace. The British Council looks forward to collaborating further with the National Skills

Development Agency, Trinity College London and Manipal City & Guilds to identify priorities

emerging from the research report and to agree how they can best be implemented.’

John Yates, CEO, Manipal City & Guilds said, ‘Employability is a vital concept for India. It

means a person’s ability to get a job, keep that job, and move on to their next job. Language

and communication skills are a key foundation to employability. This important report

recommends actions we can take collectively to build an India-specific framework for language

and identifies a new entry level for English language skills that will be of great benefit to many

industry sectors, employers and those looking for work.’

Speaking on the occasion Sarah Deverall, Director Examinations Services for India,

British Council said, “The proposed creation of a Common Indian Framework of Reference

for Languages could enable standards to be set for language proficiency in English and Indian

languages which could then be used by employers to benchmark language and

communication skills and by training providers to design and deliver curricula and assessment

bodies to develop assessment tools and approaches.”

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