CII to develop industrial training program

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NEW DELHI, INDIA: Confederation of Indian Industry, non-government, not-for-profit, industry led and industry managed organization (CII), today announced that the organization and the Swiss Indian Chambers of Commerce (SICC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding in New  Delhi.


The key focus of the MoU is on skills development with particular reference to implementing the elements of the Swiss dual based vocational education and training system in India.

CII would engage its membership with the programme where the industry will draw apprentices who would under go industrial training at the shop floor while undergoing training at the ITI. 

Both organizations also committed to focus on the training of trainers and instructors and up-gradation of the curriculum, specially in the 237 ITIs which have already been adopted by the CII members under the Government of India ITI upgradation scheme in a Public –Private – Partnership mode, said a press release.

Speaking on the occasion , Chandrajit Banerjee, director General CII, said, “CII has been involved in the skills development now for over 5 years and recognizes this as the priority agenda for the development of the country.”


He further added that while working on enhancing the skills and closing the employability gap, the organization has worked very closely with the Government at the Center and States, corporates and institutions, including the educational institutions. CII has also been involved in a few international projects on skills building.

Franz Probst, chairman Swiss – Indian Cambers of Commerce (SICC) explained the strength of the Swiss dual system of education and training and updated on the two pilot projects undertaken in Maharashtra and Karnataka, where the elements of the Swiss system are being tested with the help of the industry and the ITIs,  supported by the respective  State Governments.

In the long term both the organizations, under the framework of this MoU, would work towards a system which will lead towards joint certifications and mutual recognition of qualifications.

The MoU also focuses on both partners working towards organizing joint conferences and seminars; promoting India and Switzerland as business destinations; supporting bilateral business ventures and strategic alliances and cooperation regarding implementation of a joint SME platform in Switzerland and India, said the release.

Both organizations will also identify and cooperate in further areas of common interest, it added.