The National Skills Development Corporation (NSDC) and ALISON have announced a partnership to bring greater scale to free online learning access across India as part of Prime Minister Modi’s “Skills India” Initiative ALISON has announced skill development initiatives with the NSDC including platform sharing and course development in English, Hindi and Arabic to enhance workplace skills at home and abroad. ALISON Founder & CEO Mike Feerick New Delhi; July 15th 2016. As part of the United Nations recognised “World Youth Skills Day” celebrations, the President of India, Honourable President Shri Pranab Mukherjee, has announced a partnership between the NSDC and ALISON. The agreement has led to the unveiling of a new skills development website under the URL http://www.indiaskillsonline.com/ which will map newly revised self-paced learning resources to industry learning needs defined by India Sector Skills Councils as ‘Qualification Packs’. Through the new portal, India learners will be able to study free courses towards national standard qualifications. Also announced was the launching of “pre-departure” courses to prepare Indian migrants for living and working in the Middle East. The courses, which introduce Arabic cultural norms and language are taught through both English and Hindi, and will shortly be available in other Indian languages. Speaking of the partnership, Rajiv Mathur, Operations Director of the NSDC stated that the development of the partnership with ALISON is an exciting development for the Indian Skills development sector. “Working together, the NSDC and ALISON can advance skills training to a whole new generation of learners at a scale and depth not possible till now. Free access to learning, via every device, whether desktop or mobile is essential to make India the skills capital of the world in line with the ambitions of our Prime Minister, Mr Modi.” Mike Feerick, CEO & Founder of ALISON stated that; “We are delighted to be working with the NSDC. We share high ambitions and a similar social contract to up-skill millions of workers across India. Together, we can reach new standards of learning achievement, driving economic activity of the India people at home and abroad.” Through the Skills India Online portal, Indian learners will also have access to the full ALISON course curriculum of over 750 free online courses. ALISON already has a very significant presence in India will over one million registered learners. End **** About ALISON ALISON is a global leader in free online certified learning and skills training for the workplace. With 7 million learners it has over 800,000 graduates worldwide with a further 250,000 new learners registering each month. ALISON has over one million registered learners in the USA, UK and India.