India’s largest software services firm, Tata Consultancy Ser-vices (TCS), said last Friday (13) that it has partnered British Council to train 1,000 university graduates in the UK at its Innovation Labs and software development centres.
Under the initiative, 1,000 British university graduates will have the opportunity to spend a year training and working for TCS in India between 2016 and 2020, the company said in a statement during the UK visit of India’s prime minister Narendra Modi.
British students will be trai-ned in technical and commercial skills as well as digital and business skills, TCS added.
“This partnership marks a great new phase in the UK’s de-veloping relationship with India. It is emerging as a global superpower and initiatives such as this will enable the next generations in both countries to engage, learn and grow with each other,” British Council chief executive Sir Ciarán Devane said.
Applications for the internships will open in the coming months, with the first graduates set to begin their roles in the summer of 2016. Between 2015 and 2020, Generation UK-India aims to support up to 25,000 young people from the UK to gain experience, exposure and skills in India.
Since its launch in November 2014 by Greg Clark, the British minister for universities, science and cities, and Smriti Irani, Indian minister for human resource development, Generation UK-India has received more than 7,000 registrations and over 2,600 completed applications for the first 500 places.
“As a technology partner to many large British businesses, we see their desire to exploit new and exciting opportunities presented by digital technologies. However, all too often, our customers are unable to do this quickly as the UK talent pool needs knowledge and training in these new technologies,” TCS chief executive officer and MD N Chandrasekaran said.
TCS has been operating in the UK since 1975 and works with some of the UK’s biggest businesses. It has more than 11,000 employees working across 30 locations in London, Edinburgh, Manchester, Leeds, Ipswich, Norwich, Peterborough, Swindon, Redhill and Liverpool.