Govt-UK deal comes just when Britain is battered by Covid-19
In an effort to create job opportunities for Karnataka residents even while the Covid pandemic continues to rage, the state government is all set to send 1,000 professionally trained nurses to the UK.
In the first phase, 1,000 nurses will be sent to Britain, Deputy Chief Minister Dr C N Ashwath Narayan, who is also Minister for Skill Development, said. Indian nurses have traditionally been in great demand overseas, including in Europe, and their services are even more keenly sought at this crucial juncture.
All the nurses in the first batch will be trained in all aspects of their profession, including communication skills, through Karnataka Vocational Training and Skill Development Corporation (KVTSDC). The UK government has fixed an annual salary package equivalent to Rs 20 lakh for the Indian nurses. The deal follows an agreement between the Department of Skill Development of Karnataka and the UK’s National Health Services (NHS) and Health Education England (HEE).
The nurses will be sent to the UK through an International Immigration Centre set up by Karnataka with the objective of providing Karnataka residents employment abroad. The Centre will remain in contact with the nurses regarding any work-related grievances they may have.
Thrust on overseas jobs
Meanwhile, the Department of Skill Development, Entrepreneurship & Livelihood has entered into an MoU with the Public Affairs Centre to provide guidance, technical support and other aided services for those who are ready to seek employment overseas.
KVTSDC has also signed an agreement with Al-Durra Manpower Supply, a semi-governmental organization of Kuwait, to cater to the demand for experienced drivers, houseboys and cooks over there. The employment process in this regard is already in progress.
KVTSDC is also in correspondence with the government of Canada to sign an agreement pertaining to employment for professionals in the fields of IT, Video Gaming and Artificial Intelligence.
The Corporation is working closely with Kannada organizations abroad with a view to identifying employment providers. It is also focusing on the safe immigration of those who get employed overseas.