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November 2013: FORUM hosts First Regional Workshop on Standards in Quality Training in Bangalore

Mr. Hans-Günter Loeffler, Deputy Consul General of German Consulate Bangalore, and Amar Kumar Pandey, Inspector General of Police, speaking at the FORUM’s Workshop.

FORUM held the “First Regional Workshop on Standards in Quality Training“ on 20th November 2013 in Bangalore, India. Experts from vocational training institutes and colleges as well as chambers of commerce, entrepreneurs associations and companies participated in the event. 

Hans-Günter Loeffler, Deputy Consul General of German Consulate Bangalore illustrated the importance of hiqh quality vocational training while Keynote Speaker Amar Kumar Pandey, Inspector General of Police, explained that the sound training of senior management has to go along with sound training of every staff member for an organization to excel.

The workshop also represented the closing event of the two and a half years project “Modular Vocational Training in Karnataka” (2011-2013). In an introductory presentation, FORUM Project Leader Keya Choudhury shared methods, achievements and lessons learned from implementing modular training and Training of Trainers in Retailing and Office Administration according to Indian requirements.

Kirti Vardhana of LabourNet continued to elaborate the advantages of an Indian training and skilling system supported by National Occupational Standards (NOS). Neeraj A Sharma, entrepreneur and advisor to Imperial Auto Industries Limited, spoke on Quality and Standards of Training in the Automotive Industry while Dr. Daniel Albuquerque of Alternative tech Foundation of BCIL inspired the work group with thoughts on holistic training methods as well as his appeal for quality consciousness in the construction industry.  Audrey Dsouza, Regional Director of the Indo-German Chamber of Commerce in Bangalore presented the post-graduate program in Business Administration by the Indo-German Training centre (IGTC) as a best-practice case of adapting the German Dual System to India.

In the discussion rounds, workshop participants appreciated the implementation of a multi-level modular approach in vocational training. However it was stated by both FORUM project team and attending experts, that implementation of a sound and sustainable vocational training approach will require sufficient financial and personnel resources and a long-term strategy.

A strong consensus  was reached in the workshop that the Indian governmental frameworks, i.e. the National Occupational Standards (NOS) and Modular Employable Skills (MES), should be continuously developed, rather than adopting additional multi-level approaches by Indian or foreign institutions.

All participants agreed to the need for a working group and platform aiming at bringing together all stakeholders involved in vocational education and training, exchanging at working level and creating synergies in a joint effort of empowering the youth and meet the skill demands.  Under the label of LEARN CiTY, an Indian working group has been established to that end. First topics for exchange and information, such as NOS development, were collected. This bottom-up approach will promote vocational training as a whole in Karnataka, particularly at working level.

September 2013: FORUM speaking at Indian leading retail conference

Keya Choudhury and Jan Schulze of FORUM International together with Muralidhar Rao (CEO, Future Learning), Rajagopalan Purushothaman (VP & Director, Reliance Retail Academy) and Venkataram Girish (Senior Vice President, Jubilant FoodWorks)

FORUM International participated in “Manning Modern Retail 2013”, the leading human resource conference of the Indian retail industry. The event was hosted by Retailer’s Association of India (RAI) in Mumbai on 20th September 2013. Around 400 experts from the retail industry, academy and retail organizations exchanged best practices and up-to-date solutions.

In his welcome address, Jamshed S. Daboo, CEO of Trent Hypermarket Ltd., proposed a fundamental change in Indian retail industry’s human resource approach. In order to attract talented people to the Indian retail industry, jobs need to become more desirable. As of now, entry-level staff is trained and paid too little while accounting for 90 % of consumer contact. Retail should focus on motivated staff at all professional levels with high-quality training and improved wages.

Joining the panel discussion on “Setting Standards & Career Progress”, Project Leader Keya Choudhury and Project Manager Jan Schulze presented the German concept of Vocational Training and emphasized the potential of Indo-German skill collaboration in retail training. Together with their Indian co-speakers, they underlined the importance of transparent, high quality training standards as per the requirements of the industry.

The well-proven German concept of setting and updating qualification standards jointly by experts from government, industry, chambers and training institutes lends itself to encouraging the Indian Sector Skill Councils (SSCs). For the retail industry in India, the Retailers Association’s Skill Council of India (RASCI) is working towards transparency and adequacy of skill standards across all levels of retail training.

April 2013: FORUM International in report released during Indian PM Singh’s visit to Germany

On the occasion of Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh’s visit to Germany, the Hon. Union Minister for Human Resources Development, Mr. Pallam Raju, published a report on “Forging India Germany partnerships in skill development” on 10th April 2013 in Berlin, Germany.

The report was compiled by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) and focuses on the partnerships between Indian and German skill providers in various vocational fields. It highlights key partnerships, MoU’s and joint projects between the two countries and discusses opportunities for future collaboration.

We at FORUM International are delighted that our activities in India are part of the report. Our 2-year project of Modular Vocational Training in Karnataka is presented as is our Specialization Course in International Marketing, the next batch of which will start in August 2013.

Please find the report below with FORUM International’s activities portrayed on page 52: Forging India Germany Partnerships in Skills Development

March 2013: Project Leader Keya Choudhury holds International Marketing lecture at MARC School of Business

Our Project Leader, Keya Choudhury, held a guest lecture at FORUM partner college MARC School of Business on 25 March 2013. She addressed the students on the essence of marketing in an international environment. The relevance of the content and the engaging style of her lecture met with high praise. Among others, MARC student Debajyoti Banerjee wrote about it on MARC's webblog:

"Keya Choudhury presented a vivid picture of how international Marketing is being conducted nowadays through modern strategies. (...) It was emphasized that smart strategies are the pillars of successful marketing in an international environment. Marketing can be effective when the FOUR Ps (Product, Place, Promotional Communication, and Price) are well-coordinated and collaborated with other dimensions of business.

This Session will immensely help post-graduate students like us who are interested to take up marketing as their core competency in the international business arena, working professionals who want to grow their careers in International marketing, Strategy Planning etc."

Did Debajyoti spark your interest as well? Then we invite you to

Click here to learn more about our International Marketing course

Or click here to see her and other student's complete articles on MARC's blog

November 2012: Training The Trainers: Become an Exceptional Trainer and Facilitator

End of November 2012, FORUM Master Trainer Silke Wilhelms trained six experienced, Bangalore-based trainers in a compact 3-day course, focusing on up-to-date training methodology. The course provided a systematic and effective approach to plan, design and deliver trainings. Core competencies that make an exceptional trainer were addressed, e.g. achieving a great learning atmosphere and reaching learning objectives effectively. The participants also prepared and delivered short training sessions for which they received professional and constructive feedback. As a result, they were able to directly include new methods and tools in their own training concept.

July 2012: FORUM Training The Trainers graduates perform first training

From 23 to 26 July 2012, FORUM partners WeCAN and eMERG organized the seminar “Office Administration – Getting set for work” for 24 Industrial Training Institute (ITI) graduates and students of Gottigere Government High School. The seminar was sponsored by Rotary Bangalore Midtown. In this training, FORUM Training The Trainers graduates trained for the first time and were evaluated by FORUM Master Trainer Silke Wilhelms and Project Leader Keya Choudhury.

June 2012: FORUM Training The Trainers for Retail Level 2 (Senior Retailer) performed in Bangalore

From 7 to 9 June 2012 FORUM held the second part of a Training The Trainers Retail Level 2 (Senior Retailer) in Bangalore. The training was performed in cooperation with our partner UNNATI. Our trainer Karin Angerer imparted FORUM training principles as well as the Retail modules of Stock and Till Management and Loss Prevention. The Till Management session, which focused on practical exercises with a cash register, was especially well received by the participating trainers.

March 2012:

Training of Trainers Retail: From 1 to 3 March 2012, thirteen Bangalore-based trainers have participated in a FORUM Training of Trainers for Retail Level 2 (Senior Retailer). The training was performed in cooperation with our Indian partner organisation UNNATI.

Indo-German Workshop: FORUM International Training participated in an Indo-German workshop on occupational standards in New Delhi on 23 March 2012. The workshop was conducted by India’s National Skills Development Cooperation and Germany’s BiBB (Federal Institute for Vocational Education & Training).

Training of Trainers Soft Skills: FORUM International Training performed a 3-days Training of Trainers in soft skills for GIZ International Services (GIZ IS) in Bangalore. Five trainers were trained by FORUM Trainer Ulrike Glatz in FORUM training methodology as well as best practices and content on how to train Soft Skills to trainees of technical subjects.


February 2012: First part of FORUM Training of Trainers in Office Administration I performed in Bangalore. From 2 to 4 February, eight Bangalore-based trainers have participated in the first part of our FORUM Training of Trainers course in Office Administration.


December 2011: More than 30 participants have successfully completed the training module Office Administration Level 1: More than 30 Indian participants have successfully completed the training module Office Administration Level 1 in Bangalore. In practice-oriented trainings they have gained skills in office administration, communications, telephone communication, planning and organization of work procedures, scheduling, and Microsoft Office.
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October 2011: On 18th October 2011 FORUM International officially launched the project “Modular Vocational Training in Karnataka (MVT)” in Bangalore at the Cabinet Hall of Federation of Karnataka of Chambers of Commerce and Industry ( FKCCI ). More than 30 high level representatives from chambers of commerce, business associations, educational institutes and policy as well as trainers were participating in the conference. With conceptualisation and practical implementation in the area of vocational training the project directly builds upon latest governmental consultations of German Chancellor Merkel and Indian Prime Minister Singh in May this year. read more...


September 2011: We are glad to announce the opening of the new branch of FORUM International in Bangalore, India. read more...


May 2011: Bangalore meets Berlin - Maya Chandra, an experienced and successful Corporate Communications Specialist from Bangalore, India, performed a guest lecture in FORUM headquarters targeting our audio-visual media trainees. We thank her for providing a fascinating insight into video production business and customer expectations in India!


April 2011: Our specialization course International Marketing started with participants joining from India, Germany and Egypt. For three month they will study the three study units in printed form and on our e-learning platform. After completing each study unit with a test, they will be awarded a certificate by FORUM International Training.


February 2011: MoU signed by North Malabar Chamber of Commerce (NMCC) and FORUM International (FORInt)

The NMCC and FORUM International signed a MoU to mutually support each other in building-up a comprehensive system of vocational training in South India.


December 2010: Registration has started for our new Specialization Course International Marketing

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