ULCCS to offer Graduateship programmes for engineering graduates
ULCCS (Uralungal Labour Contract Co-operative Society) based at Kerala is pursuing with UK universities for offering Graduateship programmes for engineering graduates. As part of the same, senior officials of ULCCS discussed with UK universities in Wales, Scotland and London for a meaningful collaboration. At a time when skill development is acquiring momentum across the globe, UK Universities are offering customised skill development programmes oriented towards unemployed youths. UK institutions are offering different qualification frameworks like Scotland Credit and Qualification Framework, National Occupational Standards for vocational, undergraduate, graduate and higher national diploma. Most of the courses are in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics which can provide appropriate job positions in construction, infrastructure, manufacturing, IT, ITeS and other services sectors. A team of senor officials under the leadership of Dr T.P. Sethumadhavan, educational and career consultant and Director, UL Education, visited UK institutions during November 2017 as part of Indian delegation facilitated through British Deputy High Commission. There are colleges in UK fully devoted to skill development programmes. NPTC College in Wales and Glasgow Kelvin College in Glasgow provide appropriate skill development programmes in construction, infrastructure, manufacturing, automobile and other sectors so as to position students to cater employment opportunities across the globe. Most of the institutes are giving 80% weightage to hands-on training and 20% to theory sessions.
University of West of Scotland (UWS) is offering value-added graduate programs for the engineering graduates in the areas of construction management with digital engineering, advanced computing, information and network security etc. along with courses on entrepreneurship management. ULCCS (Uralungal Labour Contract Co-operative Society) is pursuing for offering Graduateship programmes for engineering graduates in order to improve employability through industry interface. ULCCS officials held a discussion with Professor Craig Mahoney, Principal and Vice Chancellor, Andrew Disbury, Vice-Principal. Craig Mahoney, the Vice Chancellor, UWS, suggested that Scotland is looking for long-term partnerships with Indian educational institutions in the form of faculty exchange, student exchange and advanced skill development and twinning programs. Students can learn from the project sites of ULCCS and will also get the opportunity to get training from UWS Scotland. This programme will facilitate engineering graduates to get an international career development programme and placement. Of the total engineers in the world, 15% are from India. It has been envisaged to enhance this to 20% by 2020. Graduateship programme will facilitate to achieve this target, he added. Indian delegation visited Scottish Qualification Authority and discussed about the international accreditation/certification activities for academic, vocational, work-based programmes. Mr.Kishor Kumar TK, Razy Abdulla and Rohan Prabhakar from ULCCS also attended the meeting.