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British Council and TCS To Use 1,000 IT Internships To Tackle Digital Skills Gap

The announcement comes after a £9 billion deal between India and the UK which will see UK graduates working in India

The scheme was first announced during the visit of India's PM Narendra Modi last November, when he and PM David Cameron signed £9 billion worth of deals between the two countries. As part of the agreements, the PMs agreed that 2016 would be the UK-India Year of Education, Research and Innovation.

The internships have been arranged under a partnership between Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) and the British Council (BC).

The program will give British hopefuls a year of training at TCS, where they will work at its Innovation Labs and software development centres across India.

The Rt Hon Priti Patel, Minister of State for Employment and MP, said: "Endorsed by Prime Ministers Cameron and Modi, Generation UK-India is a highly ambitious programme run by the British Council."

The Generation UK-India program aims to build collaboration, engagement and trust between the two countries, by supporting up to 25,000 young people in the UK to gain work and study experience in India by 2020.

Speaking of "exciting times for India", Patel said: "I am delighted that this year, as part of this growing programme, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) will now be providing UK students with the opportunity to undertake 12 month paid digital internships in their offices around 17 locations in India.

"By working in India, graduates will be learning new skills from experts in business. They will build their own networks. They will develop new ideas. It will provide your students, your future employees, and our next generation with a competitive edge. 

To enter the program, graduates, particularly those with an interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, have to apply online through the British Council website.

Applications are open until midnight on March 31, 2016, with the first graduates to fly to India during the summer.

Although the internship is paid for and those in the scheme will receive a monthly allowance of INR35,000 (£356 as of February 10), successful candidates will have to pay for their flight to India, Visa, a £300 placement fee, travel insurance, vaccinations and accommodation.

  • Date published: 12th February 2016

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