NASSCOM to upskill India’s tech workforce on 8 technologies

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The FutureSkills platform will enable discovery, continuous learning and a marketplace of best-in-class training providers/virtual labs and certifications for each of these job roles and skills, with customised pathways for learning.

National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM) has launched a platform for skills development in eight varied technologies – AI, virtual reality, robotic process automation, Internet of Things, big data analytics, 3D printing, cloud computing, social and mobile.

NASSCOM has conducted a comprehensive study with the Boston Consulting Group to identify eight technologies poised to grow tremendously, both nationally and globally, in the coming decade, along with 55 associated job roles and corresponding skills required for those technologies.

The trade body of the IT-BPM industries in India aims to upskill two million technology professionals and train another two million students, who are potential employees, over the next few years.

The training platform is called FutureSkills and NASSCOM has collaborated with the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), Government of India, to foster, cultivate and strengthen reskilling initiatives.

FutureSkills aims to chart the roadmap for sustained growth in various fields starting with three distinct job roles for AI. The platform will enable discovery, continuous learning and a marketplace of best-in-class training providers/virtual labs and certifications for each of these job roles and skills, with customised pathways for learning.

As a part of the MoU signed between the two organisations, NASSCOM and MeitY will work together to enable skill development and continuous learning, not only for individuals in the IT-ITeS industry and its aspirants, but also, employees belonging to other sectors.

R. Chandrashekhar, president-NASSCOM says, “Across the whole spectrum of the industry, skill profiles are undergoing rapid changes witnessing a rising demand for enhanced digital capabilities. With this growing need, we are confident that the FutureSkills platform will not only help re-engineer education, but also create employment prospects. Also, the MoU we signed today is a momentous milestone in the industry and government’s collaborative initiatives to build sustainable talent for the industry.”

Ravi Shankar Prasad, Minister of Law & Justice and Electronics and IT, Govt of India says, “Digital empowerment can only happen if there is digital inclusion. With the advent of new technologies, such as AI, blockchain and IoT, reskilling of young professionals is critical.”

“It is all about teamwork, where government and private-sector leaders and organisations, such as NASSCOM need to come together and contribute towards digital inclusion,” he adds.

This platform will make talent available for the country and the Indian industry to embrace opportunities from emerging technologies.

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