The public-private partnership will serve as a platform for the introduction of the National Vocational Education Qualification Framework (NVEQF), a more ambitious national program to integrate skills, training and qualifications in schools. This is making Assam progressive leader in reforming education and learning, to improve employment opportunities for young people.
Speaking at the launch in Guwahati, the Hon'ble Chief Minister of Assam, Sri Tarun Gogoi with the partnership said "I am proud to say that Assam is leading the way in India in preparing today's generation for tomorrow's world". Under this initiative, Pearson, the world's largest Education enterprise will set up vocational skill centres in 10 specially-selected government schools, offering two training streams, in retail and computer hardware and IT.
In order to ensure no disruption to the formal school day, the skills training will be held after the school hours. The skills courses will be held in fully and newly equipped classrooms and learning labs presided over by trainers specially prepared for the program. The curriculum encourages the use of audio-visual aids, and includes lectures by industry experts and visits to factories to familiarize students with real working situations.
About Pearson : Pearson is a Global Education, media and publishing group. Its education business is the largest in the world. In India, the Pearson group includes business across the breadth of education services, in assessments, content, testing, professional development, school management systems, skills training, English language training, learning technologies, awarding and certification among others.
Pearson's other business divisions are The Financial Times and Penguin, both market-leading worldwide. Each of these business units has been operating in India for more than 20 years and after an aggressive period of growth and acquisition, the group now employs about 2,500 people across the Country.