Education is one of India’s greatest challenges. The country has a population of 572 million people aged 0-24 years (2008), of whom only 219 million (37%) are enrolled in schools and 11 million attend colleges, a clear indication of the country’s inability to meet demand. This gap in education provision and a growing industry demand for a skilled workforce mean great opportunities for education providers. Ambitiously, India’s Prime Minster has set a target to upskill 500 million Indians by 2022.
The market for vocational skills provision in India is vast and growing. Currently only 5% of Indians aged 19-24 formally learn a trade. The necessity to improve vocational education to reap the demographic dividend of a young population is widely recognised as a means to increase productivity and underpin growth.
“India is the most important market for Scotland’s Colleges International. Being a member of the UK India Skills Forum has helped SCI enhance the productivity of engagement with the market and to showcase the expertise of our member colleges.”
Michelle Grimley, Business Development Executive, Scotland’s Colleges International