NSDC partners UAE’s Emirates Driving Institute (EDI) and Youth Chamber of Commerce (YCC) to set up International Driver Training Institutes in India


National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) has collaborated with the Emirates Driving Institute (EDI), UAE, the largest and the most successful driving institute in UAE and Middle East and the Youth Chamber of Commerce (YCC), UAE, to establish driver training institutes in various parts of India.

The partnership aims to address the need for high quality drivers in UAE and other countries in Middle East.It will facilitate the candidates to acquire a UAE driving license, in line with the requirements of UAE’s Roads and Transport agencies and regulatory agencies of other parts of Middle East. It will help fast-track the employment prospects of thousands of Indians who wish to work in the UAE and other parts of the Middle East but miss out on opportunities because they don’t have a driving license when they enter the country. These expats will now learn about driving style and road etiquettes in India and will be better equipped to drive in the UAE and other parts of the Middle East.

Dr. Manish Kumar, MD & CEO of NSDC, said, “Joining hands with EDI – UAE, will skill drivers in India and create job opportunities for thousands of young Indians who wish to migrate to the UAE and the Middle East for employment. This collaboration will create an eco-system of partnerships between relevant stakeholders and fast-track employment prospects.”

NSDC MoR with UAE's EDI for driver trainingThe collaboration will increase UAE’s pool of prospective employees, as companies from UAE and other parts of the Middle East will now have a large pool of candidates trained in line with the requirements of the country of destination.

During the ceremony, conducted at the head office of EDI, Amer Belhasa, Chairman of Emirates Driving Institute and Vice Chairman of Belhasa Group of Companies, said, “This collaboration with NSDC and YCC has given us a path to set up driving institutes in different parts of India. Estimating a huge demand for drivers in the UAE during Expo 2020 ,and other initiatives across the region, EDI is aiming at providing job solutions to Indian youth in the Gulf.”

NSDC will facilitate collaboration with necessary stakeholders including State Governments, Indian Training Partners and Sector Skill Councils to operationalize the driver training institutes in India and will also look at overall monitoring and management support. In addition, the training shall focus on developing basic soft skills, cultural sensitivities and making the candidates comfortable in speaking English.

Emirates Driving Institute is the largest and the most successful Driving Institute in Dubai and the Middle East and has been in operation since 1991 and member of Belhasa Group of Companies. EDI provides Driver License acquisition training courses with around 1000 trained male/female instructors and training vehicles (like Light Motor Vehicle (Car), Heavy Bus, Light Bus, Heavy Truck, Shovel, Forklift, and Motor Cycles). Around 500,000 students have acquired their driving licenses from EDI since its inception.

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