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How to tackle the 'skills gap' challenge

High-calibre business leaders from the UK and India to tackle the 'skills gap' challenge

With employers often frustrated that they cannot find suitably skilled new talent despite the millions of unemployed in search of jobs, how do we ensure appropriate skills development to bridge this apparent gap between education and employability?
This is the challenge that participants on the Dishaa Venture, run by leadership development organisation Common Purpose, will be tackling this week in Mysore, India. Dishaa aims to expand, enrich and energise relations between India and the UK by investing in the development of the next generation of leaders from the two countries.
Many of the participants are from member organisations of the India UK CEO Forum[1], their presence showing how crucial tackling this challenge will be for stimulating global economic growth.

Business sector participants will be working with those from the public sector and NGOs to foster discussion and build shared approaches to this challenge. The diverse group of participants, 19 from the UK and 19 from India, are skilled and respected practitioners in their fields and looking to effect change both in their organisations and wider society.
Organisations participating in Dishaa include:
         Titan Industries
         Fidelity Investments
         Swami Vivekananda Youth Movement
         HOPE Foundation
During the Venture, based at the Infosys Leadership Institute in Mysore from 2 October to 6 October, participants will meet with experts including:
         Dilip Chenoy - MD & CEO, National Skills Development Corporation
         John Yates CEO, Manipal City & Guilds
         Dr. Gayathi V- CEO- LabourNet Services India
Through experiential visits to organisations including Bosch, Raman Fibresciences, Swami Vivekananda Youth Movement and Labournet, participants will meet and learn from the leaders who are tackling this real-life challenge on a daily basis.

The group will undertake research tasks beforehand, develop their thinking and work together to come up with innovative approaches to the challenge. They will then present their findings and models to a cross sector group of policy experts from the UK and India, potentially leading to future policy change that could help tackle one of the defining problems of the 21st century.
The Dishaa Venture is run in partnership with the British Foreign & Commonwealth Office and sponsored by United Business Media (UBM), Tilda, Cisco, and PwC. British Prime Minister David Cameron is patron of Dishaa and launched the Venture in July 2010.
"What the world needs today is a compelling vision to drive and deliver change, says Deepak Kapoor, Chairman, PwC India. "It's a matter of pride for PwC India to be associated with the Dishaa Venture, which is doing this by bringing together diverse groups of young leaders from the UK and India to collaborate and work for a better tomorrow."