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Gujarat Government and UK India Business Council Sign MoU to Strengthen the State’s Industrial Development

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The UK India Business Council signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Industrial Extension Bureau (iNDEXTb),Industries  and Mines Department, Government of Gujarat, the premier agency focused on accelerating industrial development in the state.


 






Gujarat Government and UK India Business Council Virtual MoU signing event


 


This collaborative partnership between the UKIBC and Government of Gujarat will help to boost business and industrial development in the state. It will also aim to proactively enhance the business environment and strengthen collaboration with British businesses in Gujarat.


 


The MoU was signed at a virtual roundtable by Ms. Neelam Rani, Managing Director, Industrial Extension Bureau (iNDEXTb), Government of Gujarat and Mr. Kevin McCole, Managing Director, UKIBC in the presence of Mr. Peter Cook, Deputy High Commissioner, British Deputy High Commission – Ahmedabad, Mr. MK Das, Principal Secretary (Industries and Mines Department), Government of Gujarat and Ms. Arti Kanwar, Resident Commissioner & Commissioner (Investment Promotion), Government of Gujarat.


 


Speaking on the occasion, Kevin McCole, Managing Director, UKIBC said, “I am delighted to be signing this MoU today, deepening the UKIBC partnership with Gujarat, which began in 2013 when we were first Partner Organisation at Vibrant Gujarat and look forward to having a similar partnership for Vibrant Gujarat 2021. We are therefore building on a position of strength. There is no doubt that Gujarat is one the most attractive investment destinations in India, most recently evidenced by HSBC announcing their expansion into GIFT – the Gujarat International Fin-Tech City. Collaborations like the one being formalized today are crucial at this time while the world is responding and recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic. With collaboration between countries and between businesses and governments vital to ensure economic and social resilience, there is huge potential for the UK and Gujarat partnership.”


 


Addressing the forum, Mr. MK Das, Principal Secretary (Industries and Mines Department), Government of Gujarat said, “Gujarat has always stood strong against external shocks and has emerged as a land of abundant opportunities over a period of time. This resilience is reinforced by the strong entrepreneurial spirit of Gujarat and the Government’s commitment to support businesses and investments with greater openness, ease of doing business and policy stability.”


 


Through this virtual roundtable, UKIBC was pleased to hear from the State Government of Gujarat on how they are evolving their policies and building a stronger business eco-system system to support existing businesses as well as initiatives to attract investment into the State as the world grapples with the ongoing global crisis of COVID-19.


 


Neelam Rani, Managing Director, iNDEXTb, Government of Gujarat said, “Gujarat is greatly contributing towards a prosperous and resilient India through stronger economic capacities. The collaboration between Gujarat and UK can further strengthen the endeavour towards building an ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’.”


 


Mr. Peter Cook, Deputy High Commissioner, British Deputy High Commission – Ahmedabad mentioned, “Am so glad to join and support the UKIBC in their ambitions to strengthen business and enterprise between the UK and Gujarat. This MOU opens a new chapter in partnership and collaboration and a renewed prospect of a more prosperous relationship. I look forward to working closely with UKIBC and counterparts in Gujarat to deliver the benefits of stronger trade and commerce between us.”


 


UKIBC will also support interactions between UK businesses and the State Government to provide direct feedback from business on the ease of doing business, market access and other relevant issues which can further bolster business confidence and enhance the operating environment for doing business. These interactions will take the form of dialogues, annual ministerial meetings and various delegation visits.


 


UKIBC will also work towards future investment opportunities, strengthening its relationship with state governments, supporting its members in addressing their key asks and smoothing investor interactions in different markets.


 


About the UKIBC


The UK India Business Council (UKIBC) is the premier membership-led organisation supporting the promotion of trade, business and investment between the two countries. UKIBC plays an influential role in creating and sustaining an environment in which trade and investment flourishes. Through its insights, networks, policy advocacy, services and facilities, the UK India Business Council supports UK businesses to achieve success.


 


Find out more by visiting www.ukibc.com and following @UKIBC on Twitter.

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How Will Blockchain Affect The Future of Education and Learning? Tim Miller, CEO Certif-ID Shares His Views

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Madhuri Dubey, Founder – National Skills Network, recently conducted an online interview with Tim Miller, Co-Founder & CEO – Certif-ID, to talk about how blockchain technology can better facilitate digital transactions.

BANGALORE, India, June 18, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Tim Miller is an enthusiastic, driven thinker with a global perspective and is involved in the strategic development of future-ready learning, training and consultancy solutions. With diversified international work experience covering digitalisation of learning solutions, management system certification, product certification and training – across 25 countries, Tim has his finger to the pulse of the technologies and trends that fuel the market. Recently, Madhuri Dubey, the Founder of National Skills Network, sat down with Tim to discuss how breaking down fundamental constraints by applying technology in innovative ways has led him to create a blockchain-powered platform.

Read their conversation below.

Why did you turn to blockchain technology for Certif-ID? 

The vision of Certif-ID is to bridge the gap between ‘New Economy’ skills and employment prospects. To bring trust and transparency to digital transactions. Through Certif-ID, one of our goals is to harmonize educational standards and bring equal opportunity to technical professionals around the world. In line with this, we have focused on building a community of professionals in developing markets, helping them to showcase their skills and find employment in developed markets. 

We therefore needed a technology that would help us build a system to support the coexistence of traditional services and new services. And blockchain technology combined with data analytics and automation was our ideal choice. Its decentralised ledger system offers us the much-needed transparency and traceability. 

What is the foundation of the Certif-ID platform?

Our primary mission is to harmonize educational standards and bring equal opportunity to technical professionals around the world. For this, we needed a process which would align with existing training providers to explore current levels of training and expected competency outcomes. To achieve this, Certif-ID uses European Skills, Competences, Qualifications and Occupations (ESCO) framework and Artificial Intelligence (AI).

The ESCO framework provides an excellent guide and can support the process of skill and competency mapping to job roles and occupations. It identifies the key indicators and the core skills, which are required to meet industry specific needs, while also describing the steps required to achieve global standards. 

Additionally, we addressed the lack of transparency in the certification process by digitising and powering it with blockchain technology. This ensures that the digital certificates issued through Certif-ID are verifiable instantly and immutable

AI on our platform furthers our mission in various ways, whether it is our smart search feature or providing course and job recommendation based on members’ skills. 

On the whole, Certif-ID is designed for individuals who want to learn new skills, providing easy access to credible courses and institutes for enrollment. After completing a course, learners can earn digital certificates via the Certif-ID platform. We are facilitating a continuous upskilling, in turn, improving a learners chance of landing a job and achieving professional equality.

How has Certif-ID grown since its inception in 2019? 

We had a great experience working on Certif-ID. It has certainly been challenging considering the current times, but we have been welcomed by people in the industry, communities and beyond. 

Certif-ID is unquestionably solving current challenges, from making it a possibility for institutions to issue contactless digital certificates which can be verified instantly to providing a secure space for technical professionals to build a profile and gain visibility. 

We began our journey focused on helping Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) institutions in their certification and accreditation processes. Today, we have multiple offerings for institutions such as data analytics to gain insights and business value. 

Technical professionals or members on Certif-ID can build their SkillPass. It is an online profile that one can use to showcase their skills and experience. SkillPass offers a range of features including, a self-assessment to gauge one’s job-readiness, CV generator to create different CVs to suit the job role one is applying for, Video CV to show off their personality and much more. SkillPass is beneficial because it allows members to store, access and share their credentials securely at any time from anywhere. 

Again, recruiters on the platform can list jobs, screen candidates based on their skills, access and verify their digital certificates and make an informed decision on shortlisting the candidate for an interview.

What are some of the big events in the life of Certif-ID?

Every small step we take toward bettering our platform and services, has been a big event for us and I would like to thank an extremely dedicated team behind the scenes for this. 

We are extremely proud of our partnership with leading institutions of the likes of, TÜV Rheinland Academy, Automotive Skills Development Council (ASDC), ASTS Global Education India Pvt. Ltd., ICICI Foundation, and UNNATI Skill Center, publishing over 50,341 blockchain-powered digital certificates.

In 2020, we were able to run a large-scale event, titled ‘Next Step Seafarers’, focused on getting seafarers in the Philippines back to work, as a response to the impact of COVID. This event was a big success, with the support of UNESCO, multiple industry players, including Q2 Hr Solutions, 

TESDA (Technical Education and Skill Development Authority) and importantly an endorsement from the Vice President of the Philippines, Ms. Leni Robredo.

Recently, we have entered a new market of upholding environmental sustainability. We have partnered with Woodify, a startup focused on planting new, climate-resistant mixed forests across Germany. They are set to issue carbon credits digital certificates per year via Certif-ID to ensure that the issued carbon credits are encrypted, secure and instantly verifiable. 

How do you foresee Certif-ID shaping the future of businesses?

Most companies we converse with are faced with the similar challenges of not being able to track or monitor digital transactions. Using blockchain technology to secure transactions, making it possible to track assets from production to delivery or use by end users, will solve this issue. 

This need for visibility will only increase for business across all sectors, from supply chain to healthcare. Blockchain technology will continue to play a critical role in reducing fraud, losses from counterfeit and gray market trading, as well as increase confidence in end users. 

Additionally, as blockchain provides all parties access to the same information, it will reduce communication or data transfer errors. Businesses will gain more control over outsourced materials and will spend less time on validating data; ultimately improving quality, reducing cost, or both. 

For those who haven’t started adopting blockchain my message would be, to embrace this change; decentralized, identity and credentialing solutions are taking very big steps with some of the world’s biggest and most trend setting companies. It will undoubtedly play a massive role in your business’ success. 

About NSN

National Skills Network (NSN) is a digital platform dedicated to creating awareness about skill-based education and training by sharing the positive impact. NSN has helped many organizations in bringing visibility to their initiatives, networking and promoting their vision for skilling Indian youth and making them employable.

Website: https://www.nationalskillsnetwork.in/   

About Certif-ID

Certif-ID is a dedicated skills community. It is a global networking platform built on blockchain technology, connecting technical training institutions, industry professionals and recruiters. On the platform, technical training institutes can issue digital certificates placed on blockchain, optimising their certification and placement processes. Technical professionals can build their SkillPass to showcase their skills, record online interviews, plan their learning journeys, store all relevant information in a digital portfolio and share their credentials with potential recruiters. Recruiters can screen and source candidates based on competency, verify their digital records and reduce recruitment efforts. Connecting key stakeholders in the technical sector, Certif-ID focuses on streamlining the sourcing process, bridging the skills gap between education and employment while establishing trust and transparency.

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Burns & McDonnell India Ranks No. 63 on the Great Place to Work List of 'India's Best Companies to Work For 2021'

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Burns & McDonnell India Ranks No. 63 on the Great Place to Work List of 'India's Best Companies to Work For 2021'

The Great Place to Work Institute Recognises Engineering Firm for Five Consecutive Years

VIKHROLI, Mumbai, June 18, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Burns & McDonnell India has again been recognised as a great place to work by Great Place to Work Institute, marking the fifth consecutive year the company has earned this recognition, and the first year in the large company category. More than 850 organizations applied to the assessment and around 695 organizations made the final base that was evaluated to identify the 100 Best. The firm ranked No. 63 on the list of India’s Best Companies to Work For 2021.

The awarding organisation, Great Place to Work Institute, considers itself the global authority for creating, sustaining and identifying high-trust, high-performance culture. Great Place to Work recognises workplaces solely based on employee feedback and quality of people practices in an organisation.

Burns & McDonnell India earned this recognition by excelling on the five dimensions Great Place to Work evaluates for building a high-trust, high-performance culture: credibility, respect, fairness, pride and camaraderie. The study is based on over 25 years of research by surveying millions of employees across organisations.

This year’s employee survey found that 96% of its employees feel Burns & McDonnell India is a friendly place to work and 97% agree that the facilities and celebrations contribute to a great working environment. The survey found 94% participants are proud to work at BMI and feel great about how the company contributes to society. Additionally, the organisation has scored highly for fair treatment regardless of gender or race, as well as on work/life parameters.

“It is truly an honor to again be recognised as a Great Place to Work in India,” says Justin Sherman, CEO and managing director of Burns & McDonnell India. “We make our people successful by creating a high-trust, inclusive culture. During this trying period, I am so proud of the tremendous support we have provided for the safety and well-being of our employees and their families, as safety always comes first. Our entrepreneurial and collaborative spirit empowered our transition to working from home, and we continued to advocate team bonding, social gratification as well as professional and personal development. We engaged our employees through various wellness initiatives, safety sessions, counselling by health experts, recreational activities, and hobbies, which involved our extended families as well.

“We feel proud to have built a deeper connection with our employees, which is well beyond business. The feedback that our employees have expressed through the Great Place to Work survey speaks to the exceptional culture that our company stands on.”

Burns & McDonnell India received nearly 8,000 applications for employment in 2020 and onboarded more than 200 new employees virtually. The organisation has supported its employees during this time of the pandemic, with initiatives including COVID-19 care leaves, vaccination support, enhanced insurance buffer, flexibility to continue working from home during the pandemic and more. One of the company’s most significant initiatives has been cross-utilisation of staff across disciplines to able to retain employees amidst a global business slowdown.

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About Burns & McDonnell

Burns & McDonnell is a family of companies with an unmatched team of 7,600 engineers, construction professionals, architects, technologists and scientists, consultants and entrepreneurs around the world. Burns & McDonnell India was established in Mumbai in 2013 as a 100% subsidiary.

About Great Place to Work

Great Place to Work® is the global authority on workplace culture. They help organizations quantify their culture and produce better business results by creating a high-trust work experience for all employees. Emprising®, their culture management platform, empowers leaders with the surveys, real-time reporting, and insights they need to make data-driven people decisions. They use their unparalleled benchmark data to recognize Great Place to Work-Certified™ companies and the Best Workplaces™ in the U.S. and more than 60 countries, including the 100 Best Companies to Work For® list published annually in Fortune.

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10,000 hairstylists, beauticians and salon staff across India to get COVID-19 vaccination on priority, as part of Suraksha Salon 2.0 program by Godrej Professional

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MUMBAI, India, June 18, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Godrej Professional, a professional brand with products across hair colour, care, styling and keratin from Godrej Consumer Products Limited (GCPL), announced Suraksha Salon 2.0, an industry-first initiative focussing on the health, wellness and protection of salon community. In its first edition introduced in 2020, Suraksha Salon focussed on helping salon community with necessary hygiene solutions, education on safety and hygiene for salon infrastructure and services, and back-to-business support.

Through Suraksha Salon 2.0, Godrej Professional will be providing priority vaccination to 10,000 hairstylists, beauticians and salon staff across India. They need to register on www.cowin.gov.in and follow the Godrej Professional Instagram handle to get updates about the drive in their respective cities. The Instagram handle shares city specific links for the drives, to sign up. Post sharing details, the team at Godrej Professional will get in touch in person to verify and share the vaccination slots. Suraksha Salon 2.0 will provide all the necessary guidance, resources and updates to salon owners to ensure safety and well-being of their staff and customers. This free of cost vaccination drive will be conducted by Godrej Professional in more than 30 cities like Mumbai, Pune, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Delhi, Kolkata, Guwahati, Vadodara, Chandigarh, and Ludhiana. This initiative will be further expanded to more cities.

Speaking about the initiative, Sunil Kataria CEO – India and SAARC, Godrej Consumer Products Limited (GCPL), said, “Godrej Professional is committed to empower and uplift the Indian salon industry. After a strong outreach of Suraksha Salon last year, the second edition encourages the salon community to get vaccinated and provide them the necessary mental support. COVID-19 has already heavily impacted the salon industry leading to a complete halt of operations for over five months during the first wave of the pandemic. The second ongoing wave made it more difficult for salons as this also led to complete shutdown. Hairstylists, beauticians and salon staff work in close proximity with their clients and it becomes critical for this workforce to be vaccinated at the earliest. Vaccination will not only make sure they are safe but are also empowered to return to their work as soon as salons are opening up.”

Appreciating the initiative, Vikram Bhatt, Founder, Enrich Salon, said, “Firstly, we would like to express our heartfelt gratitude for Godrej Professional to come up with such a great initiative for the hair & beauty industry – It will go a long way. Registration was done flawlessly and slots were allocated with personal messages to individuals. On the day of vaccination everything was well organised. Right from the senior members in the team to the one volunteering at the venue, all were hands-on and helping every possible way. Would like to make a special mention to the backend team who were proactive and ensuring we utilize all the slots effectively.”

“Godrej Professional Suraksha Salon Program is a great initiative supporting the salon industry during these testing times. Along with other activities, priority vaccination is a remarkable step taken as part of the program. This is very important as salons are opening up again and the salon professionals working in them will need protection against the virus. This also ensures customers who visit the salon are safe as well,” added, S Arvind kumar, VP – Operations (AP/ Orissa and Telangana, Naturals Salon & Spa.

Godrej Professional has also partnered with Fortis Hospitals Mumbai for a dedicated helpline – 6366528566, which will provide free guidance for all coronavirus related queries. Additionally, live sessions will be conducted by Dr Manjeet Singh Arora, Consultant-General Medicine & Community Health Expert, Fortis Hospital, Mulund; Dr Rajesh Parikh, neuropsychiatrist and the author of the first book on vaccine ‘The Vaccine Book‘; & Director of Medical Research, Jaslok Hospital on myth busting, guide to vaccination and other COVID-19 related issues to spread awareness and curb misinformation.

Godrej Professional also tied up with Mindhouse-who are building the World’s Largest Wellness Platform, to conduct mental wellness programme for the salon professionals.

The first edition of Suraksha Salon saw Godrej Professional supporting 10,000+ salons, donating 15,000 litres of sanitizers and 10,000 re-usable masks to stylists. In addition, Godrej Professional supported salons with disposable kits as well. ‘Suraksha Guidelines’, a comprehensive module on safety and hygiene, were curated by health experts for the safety of the salon community. The guidelines covered all aspects including salon sanitization, employee safety, client safety, hair services, and skin and make-up services. The whitepaper is available in English, Hindi and 7 regional languages such Marathi, Gujarati, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Bengali for salon owners and stylists across all parts of the country to easily understand.

About Godrej Consumer Products Ltd:

Godrej Consumer Products is a leading emerging markets company. As part of the 123-year young Godrej Group, we are fortunate to have a proud legacy built on the strong values of trust, integrity and respect for others. At the same time, we are growing fast and have exciting, ambitious aspirations.

Today, our Group enjoys the patronage of 1.15 billion consumers globally, across different businesses. In line with our 3 by 3 approach to international expansion at Godrej Consumer Products, we are building a presence in 3 emerging markets (Asia, Africa, Latin America) across 3 categories (home care, personal wash, hair care). We rank among the largest household insecticide and hair care players in emerging markets. In household insecticides, we are the leader in India, the second largest player in Indonesia and are expanding our footprint in Africa. We are the leader in serving the hair care needs of women of African descent, the number one player in hair colour in India and Sub-Saharan Africa, and among the leading players in Latin America. We rank number two in soaps in India and are the number one player in air fresheners and wet tissues in Indonesia.

But for us, it is very important that besides our strong financial performance and innovative, much-loved products, we remain a good company. Approximately 23 per cent of the promoter holding in our Group is held in trusts that invest in the environment, health and education. We are also bringing together our passion and purpose to make a difference through our ‘Good & Green’ approach to create a more inclusive and greener India.

At the heart of all of this, is our talented team. We take much pride in fostering an inspiring workplace, with an agile and high performance culture. We are also deeply committed to recognising and valuing diversity across our teams.

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