Britain and India will collaborate with 18 other countries as they vowed to reduce the number of people not in employment, education or training (NEET) by 15 per cent over the next decade.
At a G20 Ministers’ meeting in Ankara, Turkey, last Friday (4), leaders also pledged to work towards tackling global youth unemployment and increase opportunities for young people worldwide.
Britain’s minister for employment and prime minister David Cameron’s Indian diaspora champion Priti Patel, said: “We want everyone to succeed and achieve their full potential, regardless of their background. That is why it is vital the UK, India and other global leaders work together and share their expertise to boost skills and job opportunities for the next generation.
“With record employment rates and our success of boosting the skills of our workforce, we can help build on the change and development that India is already driving forward.”
Ahead of Indian prime minister Narendra Modi’s visit later this year, Patel met India’s minister of labour and employment Bandaru Dattatreya.
Both ministers discussed how the UK and India can work together to increase the number of young people in work. In Britain, the number of 16 to 24 year olds NEETs is at the lowest level for a decade.
Patel said: “As the largest – and in many measures most successful – diaspora in the UK, the Indian community greatly contribute to our economy and society, and are an essential part of UK life.
“We need to build on this success to help more young people get the best start in life. And as a global leader who stands tall in the world, we must support our global counterparts to reduce youth unemployment even further.
“Our support to India in its transformation is yet another way we are working together to strengthen our longstanding partnership and we are looking forward to prime minister Modi visiting our country later this year.”
The ministers said their meeting aimed to share best practice on boosting skills and training opportunities, explore how the UK can export skills and employment programmes to India and strengthen people-to-people links, so that Britain’s diaspora communities can help shape the future of India.
Modi is expected to leave for the heads of government summit in Turkey, scheduled for November 15-16, after his two-day UK visit.