Manish Umbrajkar, TNN Apr 11, 2013, 04.12PM IST
PUNE: Service Skills Australia (SSA), Australia's Industry Skills Council for service industries including retail, signed a memorandum of understanding with India's Retailers Association's Skill Council of India (RASCI) to collaborate in developing quality training standards in India's retail sector, said an Australian high commission media release.
During Australian prime minister Julia Gillard's state visit to India last year, both prime ministers welcomed collaboration in key industry areas including retail, mining, agriculture, telecommunications and entertainment between Australian and Indian skills councils.
Australian Consul-General to Mumbai, Steve Waters, said "I welcome this cooperation between our two countries' retail skills councils. Such collaboration is of great benefit to both nations in building high quality, industry led trained workforces".
"This agreement is testament of Australia India Education Council's commitment to building strategic skills partnerships between India and Australia," said Waters. The MoU was signed by the chairman of RASCI, Bijay Sahoo, and CEO of SSA, Jeanette Allen, in the presence of Waters, Dilip Chenoy, CEO and managing director of India's National Skill Development Corporation and James Raphael, vice president of RASCI.
"This MoU expands existing cooperation between SSA and RASCI. It recognizes the value in industry engagement and in the development of work appropriate standards in the field of retail skills training" said Allen.
"Today marks an exciting milestone in our partnership. Key areas of co-operation include creation of occupational standards, processes for affiliation of training partners, assessment, certification and stakeholder engagement," said Sahoo.