The Kerala state through its ASAP initiative has embarked upon an ambitious project to equip its young population with skills in cutting edge sectors in order to effectively alleviate the unemployment problem in the state.
The ASAP programme is intended to reach students in the age group of 18 to 25 and impart them skills in the vocational stream (of which English language is an important component) and help students to attain employable resource status.
The State Education Minister, Abdu Rabb who witnessed the exchange of the MoU was positive on the goals of the ASAP programme to improve employability of students in Kerala.
The computer based version of the 'All 4 skills Aptis test' will be delivered by the ASAP team through 90+ skill centers that have been established across every district in Kerala.
British Council noted that the enrollment of students into ASAP are to be identified through feeder institutions and other selected institutions.
Aptitude tests are to be conducted to gauge students' skill level and counselling services are to be imparted to students to guide and help them to choose the right skill development sector.
Aptis is a new and innovative global English assessment tool from the British Council.
It is designed to help organisations reach more people, connect with them and raise standards of English.
Aptis have been designed to be flexible, adaptable and accessible, which means more people can be assessed quickly, affordably and with minimum fuss, British Council noted.
According to Rob Lynes, Director British Council India "This agreement is in line with our strategic work on skills, will have enormous impact on further such initiatives".
British Council Director South India Paul Sellers who signed the MoU from the British Council's side said, "In the area of education & cultural relations, this is one of the many projects that we have been working in partnership with the Government."
Vineeth Vijay, a user of Aptis in Kerala, said that this kind of a test assesses the right areas of English language, improves confidence by providing an accurate description of the students' stand and where is it that they need to improve.
--IBNS (Posted on 02-12-2013)