The UK and India have signed a joint commitment – along with 18 other countries – to reduce the number of people not in employment, education or training (NEET) by 15 per cent over the next 10 years….reports Asian Lite News

British Prime Minister David Cameron with Priti Patel MP, Minister of State for Employment at the Department for Work and Pensions
British Prime Minister David Cameron with Priti Patel MP, Minister of State for Employment at the Department for Work and Pensions

This joint commitment signed at the G20 meeting in Ankara will help to tackle global youth unemployment and boost opportunities for young people across the world.

The Prime Minister’s Indian Diaspora Champion and Employment Minister Priti Patel has also met with India’s Minister of Labour and Employment Bandaru Dattatreya to look at how the two countries can work together further to boost the number of young people in work – drawing on the success the UK has already experienced in reducing the number of 16 to 24 year-olds NEETs to the lowest level for a decade.

This is an opportunity to strengthen ties between the UK and India, ahead of Prime Minister Modi’s visit later this year.

Mrs Priti Patel said: “As a one nation government, we want everyone to succeed and achieve their full potential, regardless of their background.

“That is why it is vital that the UK, India and other global leaders work together and share their expertise to help 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.

“As the Prime Minister’s Indian Diaspora Champion as well as Employment Minister, it makes me proud that the UK is the home of such a talented, ambitious and hardworking diaspora – with the employment rate reaching a record high for the Indian community last year.

“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 bilateral meeting between the UK and India aimed to:

  • Strengthen ties by increasing partnership work and collaboration with India, ahead of Prime Minister Modi’s visit to the UK later this year.
  • Share best practice on boosting skills and training opportunities, highlighting the UK’s pledge to create two million more jobs and three million more apprenticeships, along with our success in reducing the number of 16 to 17-year old NEETs to its lowest level since records began in 2001.
  • Explore how we can export successful skills and employment programmes to India, as the UK has seen hundreds of thousands of mostly young people taking part in government schemes such as the Work Programme, sector-based work academies, and work experience, to help them find work.
  • Build further people-to-people links, to ensure the UK’s diaspora communities are helping to shape a bright and prosperous future for India.


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