Welspun Group has partnered with NASSCOM for its FutureSkills Prime platform, which is a skilling programme focused on emerging technologies, powered by a partnership between the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, the Government of India, NASSCOM, and the IT industry.
The FutureSkills Prime programme offers a wide range of courses catering to essential digital fluency as well as those looking for upskilling to develop complex projects in their workplace. It is aimed at democratising digital skills and making India even more attractive to global companies for their engineering and research and development (R&D) work.
The pandemic has resulted in changes in the manufacturing landscape that have accelerated digital transformation. As a result, there has been a shift in the manufacturing industry, from labour-intensiveness to intelligence-driven MarTECH. There is now an increased use of emerging technologies in the manufacturing industry, such as internet of things (IoT), robotics and automation, artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML) and big data analytics, cloud and edge computing, and additive manufacturing.
As Bidisha Banerjee, senior VP – learning, culture & employer branding, Welspun Group, puts it, “The focus is to create a pool of employees who are ready for the future workplace. As a global conglomerate, the Company has constantly invested in technology. Even with the ongoing pandemic, the company grabbed the opportunity to accelerate digital skilling. This collaboration with NASSCOM has helped in upskilling and thereby fulfilling the demand in the accelerated pace of digitisation.”
Through this programme, employees of Welspun — which has a strong presence in over 50 countries with 26,000 employees and over 100,000 shareholders — will be able to upskill themselves with government-approved certifications. This will give a push to business and result in a skilled and future-ready workforce.
Cherian Thomas, president & CEO, advanced textiles, Welspun Group, feels, “It is important for employees to re-skill and up-skill themselves to keep pace with the tech and digital advancement and use their skills to further the growth and development of the sector as a whole.”
Kirti Seth, CEO (Interim), SSC NASSCOM rightly points out, “Equipping the workforce across sectors and industries in emerging tech, is the fuel required to march ahead towards a digital future.” She hopes that the FutureSkills Prime initiative and collaboration acts as “a starting point towards an upskilling revolution in the country.”
The Mumbai-headquartered Welspun Group has businesses in line pipes, home textiles, infrastructure, warehousing, oil & gas, advanced textiles and floorings.