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Prince Charles appoints Indian-origin steel tycoon as UK skills ambassador

Press Trust of India  |  London 

Indian-origin tycoon Gupta has been appointed by Britain's as an official for the Industrial Cadets programme designed to nurture skills.

Gupta was appointment to the flagship programme to give children and young people direct structured experience of industry while still at school or college.

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"Gupta is doing so much to apply real imagination, innovative thinking and sustainable rejuvenation to our nation's heavy industries and I'm thrilled that he, through his GFG Alliance, has so enthusiastically become involved with Industrial Cadets as well, said the 68-year-old of

As the of UK-based GFG Alliance, Gupta has been on an acquisition spree in the industry over the past few months which has helped secure hundreds of jobs.

The Industrial Cadets programme, which currently involves more than 15,000 youngsters across the UK, was set up at the behest of the of seven years ago after he visited plants at in north-and heard how the and engineering sectors were struggling to recruit young people to their ranks.

"Coming from a family of industrialists, I had the opportunity while growing up to spend time in and engineering plants. That left a lasting impression on me and really inspired me to pursue an active career in industry. I see Industrial Cadets fulfilling the same function and am very excited about the impact it is facing," Gupta said.

His is actively involved in funding and promoting the Industrial Cadets programme, through a partnership with the

companies, including and SIMEC, currently support 1,300 cadets from 26 schools across Britain to participate in the scheme, with a target of 5,000 students by next year.

Around 26 GFG executives located at 13 industrial sites in the UK are regularly engaged in organising work placements at their respective plants, helping the youngsters to maximise the benefit they the get from time spent in the group's steelmaking, engineering, power generation and facilities.

GFG also has an active apprenticeship training programme currently involving more than 100 young people in the UK.

Gupta said that the task of ensuring the next generation has the motivation and skills to enable the UK to remain competitive and successful on the world stage in manufacturing as one of the most important tasks facing modern society.

As part of his role as ambassador, the 46-year-old has also been tasked with establishing Industrial Cadets in Australia, where the already employs 6,000 people in its integrated mining, steel and

The is a London-headquartered international group of businesses, founded and owned by the UK-based Gupta family.

The vision of GFG Alliance is to promote industrial revival based on low-carbon and sustainable production methods through its GreenAluminium and GreenSteel strategies.

Last month, the group's Liberty Speciality Steels reignited one of the arc furnaces mothballed by in 2015 at the height of the in Liberty, as part of the wider GFG Alliance, has created and safeguarded hundreds of jobs in the across the UK as a result of a series of acquisitions.

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First Published: Thu, March 08 2018. 11:40 IST