bksb opens Indian training centre

18 February 2015 | By Hannah Byrne

bksb opens Indian training centre

Thursday 15 January saw bksb’s long-awaited launch into the Indian marketplace, as the bksb India brand, Skills Anytime, opened its doors to the public, hosting a launch event for local education dignitaries.

The Skills Anytime office, at the prestigious Taj Hotel in Chandigarh, will be the base for all India business and provide a training centre to support individuals to improve their core English skills.

Skills Anytime will play a key role in equipping Indian people with high-level English language skills. The online assessment and interactive development materials for English language and IELTS aim to facilitate the Indian Government’s ambition of up-skilling 500 million people by 2022 to realise aspirations for economic growth.

bksb Managing Director, Harvinder Atwal said: “It is predicted that by 2025 a quarter of the global workforce will come from India. In order to do this, India must maintain its focus on providing exceptional education and training to people of all ages.

 “We believe that Skills Anytime will make a huge difference to the way individuals and organisations access English language learning, allowing students and employees to develop and grow as individuals, whilst adding another dimension to the global workforce.”

The launch event, which included several guests of honour from the education sector, also presented the opportunity to see the software first-hand. Honourable Former Chief Justice of Jammu and Kashmir, Justice Mahesh Mittal Kumar, actor and singer Nav Sidhu, and Asha Khemka OBE DBE, Principal and Chief Executive of the West Nottinghamshire College Group – Skills Anytime’s parent company – all attended and gave speeches at the opening event.

The launch began with a formal welcome from Andrew Martin, Deputy Principal of the West Nottinghamshire College Group, with bksb Chairman Tim Clarke, providing attendees an overview of the company’s ambitions in India, its key achievements over the past 20 years in the UK, and offering guests the chance to ask questions and meet the Chandigarh-based Skills Anytime team in person.

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