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Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) is offering British graduates the opportunity to spend a year working and training at some of its centres in India.
India’s biggest IT services supplier is giving 1,000 youngsters 12-month internships at innovation labs and software development centres across India between 2016 and 2020, through a partnership with the British Council.
The partnership aims to increase digital talent in the UK. Interns will receive training in the technical and commercial skills needed for a career in software development, global consulting, business process management or human resources.
British Council CEO Ciarán Devane said the agreement marks a new phase in the UK’s developing relationship with India.
“It is fantastic that a thousand young graduates from across the UK will be able to benefit from India’s expertise in digital technology and also gain invaluable international experience working at TCS,” he said.
In the UK many businesses find it difficult to recruit people with the right skills as business becomes more digital. IT entrepreneurs recently signed a letter to the prime minister calling for a relaxation of the immigration rules to make it easier for skilled migrants to get visas to work in the UK.
The letter, signed by 200 entrepreneurs, including Martha Lane Fox, applauded the government’s efforts in building an environment for IT businesses to flourish, but warned that finding the right talent in the UK is difficult.
“Finding talent with the right skills and experience we need to grow our businesses remains one of the biggest barriers to achieving that ambition,” the letter explained
TCS CEO Natarajan Chandrasekaran said if schemes such as the internships are successful, UK employers will gain access to the digital expertise they will need to compete and succeed in the “hyper-connected digital economy”.
Trade and investment minister Francis Maude said the current visit of India’s prime minister, Narendra Modi, is a sign of a commitment for more collaboration between the UK and India.
“Both countries have a wealth of talent and expertise to share, and I am pleased to see so many UK and Indian companies announcing deals. By working in partnership we can deliver real benefits and job creation for both of our economies,” he said.
Read more about digital skills in the UK
- A programme has been launched by the mayor of London to ensure young people in the capital are learning digital skills
- VMware survey on digital skills finds a large percentage of employees are keen to learn, but organisations are holding them back
- NextGen Skills Academy has launched a new course to teach the digital skills required by creative industry sectors