Women: Worth and Work in India

There has been a flurry of media attention in India, and resulting social media interest and activism supporting women in India. What is a concern, is the diminishing representation of women in the workforce of India as stated by numerous media representatives. Reactions and statements of public figures in India, surprisingly convey inequalities in a

Young Aspirations – Education in India and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

A recent UNICEF report highlights 49,000 slums, and 93 million people as inhabitants of slums, in India. Poor standards of living between urban and rural poor, affected by poor sanitation, poor health, and lack of education opportunities. But a quote from a young girl, left me feeling our need to collectively support education providers, NGOs

A role for competences in business – workforce planning

A number of countries aim to set occupational competence standards, to support skills development, employability and vocational education developments. This is to help establish country specific, occupational quality standards, build credibility in skills, enable skills transfer and recognition; supporting skills issues, within the context of business achievement, and economic competitiveness globally. Having led a number

Focus on occupational competence

Definition of ‘Occupational competence’ [UK Training Agency (1988) – although there are many more current definitions]: … the ability to perform the activities within an occupation or function to the standards expected in employment. (This includes)… the ability to transfer skills and knowledge to new situations … organisation and planning of work, innovation and coping