Tata Trusts and the UK Government’s Department for International Development (DFID) signed a MoU on 2nd February 2018 for a partnership on Future Forward Skills Mission (the Mission). The Mission’s aim is to encourage businesses to utilize their corporate social responsibility resources for skill development. The UK will support the Mission to do an independent impact assessment through its technical assistance. DFID brings in long standing experience of assessing the impact of development projects. It will partner with the Trusts to create evidence of Mission’s impact through a structured assessment process.
The MoU was signed by Gavin McGillivray, Head of DFID India and Mr Venkataraman, Managing Trustee of Tata Trusts. At the signing, Gavin stated, “ The MoU will deepen our partnership with Tata Trusts and DFID is looking forward to working on this innovative Mission on skills development”. Mr Venkataraman said “ Tata Trusts are pleased to partner with DFID for the Future Forward Skills Mission. We have an ambitious goal of generating employment opportunities to 1 million people by 2025 and partners like DFID bring in invaluable sector expertise that will help accelerate our efforts. The Trusts will continue to bring together such resources and market players to help scale up and improve the quality of vocational training and skill development in India”. The MoU was signed in presence of Nick Dyer, DFID’s Director General of Economic Development and International who said “ DFID is happy to be partnering with the Trusts for Skill Development, an area that has the potential to deliver development and prosperity benefits.”
Future Forward Skills Mission, a multi-donor partnership initiated by UKIBC, anchored by Tata Trusts and managed by Sattva Consulting has been launched, and is inviting applications for its Fund. The Mission aims to catalyse market-based employability solutions that address the aspirations of India’s young workforce and make them future-ready. With the first request for proposals, the Mission aims to fund 4-6 promising organisations over 18 months and provide grant awards worth Rs. 2.5 Crore in the two focus areas of “Empathy & Care” and “Hand Skills”. Beyond the grant award, the Mission aspires to provide expert guidance and mentoring to the selected organisations as well as independent monitoring and evaluation support. More details available on www.ffsm.in.