The Telecom Sector Skill Council (TSSC), the Indian skill development institution for telecom, and BetterPlace, the tech platform, have come together to help bridge the skill gap that exists amongst the blue-collared workforce in the telecom space. The two entities have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to this effect, under which they will facilitate the hiring of workers in the fields of 5G, drone technology and other roles associated with information and communication technology (ICT).
Not only will the candidates be trained, skilled and placed, but will also be offered counselling sessions. BetterPlace will carry out placement drives on behalf of TSSC through its online portal for community building of trained workforce professionals. The programme will leverage the BetterPlace database of candidates to create awareness about the telecom sector job roles and government skill programmes, even while providing the necessary networking opportunities.
Talking about the “concerted efforts to help youngsters in our country get employment,” Arvind Bali, CEO, TSSC, says that “the scope of this partnership will go beyond government skill development programmes and paid programmes by TSSC.” The programme will “place candidates from various locations and educational backgrounds through the BetterPlace database. Our combined aim is to organise job fairs targeting various skill requirements within the industry and tackle geographical segments in our country. The next wave of telecom will require an additional frontline workforce and we hope to fulfil this demand.”
TSSC has established its own job portal TelcoJobs to facilitate employment of the frontline workforce in the ICT domain. The effort will guide job seekers in understanding the job market in upcoming technologies and benefit from various government schemes and paid skill-development courses. As part of this collaboration, job fairs will be organised in rural as well as urban areas, through the BetterPlace tech platform, with a focus on the B2C community.
Pravin Agarwala, CEO, BetterPlace, explains that, the youth of the country require “adequate resources to access placements that match their skill sets, location, and the expectations of the industry.” He adds that “TSSC understands industry requirements through its years of experience, and we will use our online platform to create opportunities catering to industry and candidate interests.”