The UK-India Graduate Work Experience Programme
The UK India Education and Research Initiative (UKIERI), India & United Kingdom
University students from India and UK
Multi Stakeholder Programme
To improve and enhance the relations between India and UK in the field of education
The UK-India Graduate Work Experience Programme, funded under UKIERI is one of the many pivotal programmes that was initiated to provide recently qualified, further and Higher Education graduates from India, with the opportunity to live and work in the UK between three months and one year. The UK currently has a window of opportunity to develop productive links with the Indian economy in order to grasp the opportunities provided by globalisation. Indian graduates on this scheme on the other hand had the potential to bring fresh skills and knowledge to the UK, which can provide significant benefits to their UK host companies in terms of positioning their businesses in relation to one of the world’s fastest growing major economies. The graduates who were selected for internship comprised the brightest from India’s leading institutions of higher learning, such as Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), Anna University, University of Mumbai, and University of Delhi. Apart from offering their UK recruiters an understanding of Indian culture, language and business practices, the internship provided the UK companies an opportunity to create a pipeline of talent, address skills shortages and gaps, and in many cases, promote their business interests in India. The interns, in return, gained first-hand experience in areas such as Supply Chain, Engineering, Retail, Administration, Project Management, Marketing, Sales, Law, Media, Architecture, Finance, Telecoms, HR, and IT, with some of the best organisations in the UK, enabling a greater understanding of business realities and opportunities in a developed nation, and accumulated a working knowledge that would benefit India, the UK and, in general, the world itself. One of the interns AV Arun who is currently working at Enterprise Managed Service writes about his experience so far, “My main aim to participate in this interesting initiative was to gain a global exposure in Health and Safety functions from one of the best countries in the field and to kick start my ambition of becoming a chartered Health and Safety professional in Institute of Occupational Health and Safety (IOSH). It has been a good experience to understand how similar issues are addressed differently in India and the UK”.
UKIERI Secretariat – India, British Council Division 17 Kasturba Gandhi Marg, New Delhi 110001 Tel. +91 (0) 11 41497453/361/336/441/325/126; UKIERI Secretariat – UK, British Council Division 10 Spring Gardens, London SW1A 2BN, Tel. +44 (0) 20 7389 4639, http://www.ukieri.org/