Bollywood actor Sonu Sood, in partnership with Schoolnet, a vocational skill provider, has formed a joint venture (JV) with Temasek-backed job-matching platform, GoodWorker. An initial investment of Rs 250 crore from GoodWorker will assist blue-collar workers in procuring skills as well as employment.
Pravasi Rojgar, the job-providing platform was launched earlier this year, in July 2020, as Sood had taken to the streets to help migrant workers during their plight amidst the pandemic-induced lockdown. Employment providers, such as Amazon, Max Healthcare, Urban Company, Sodexo are already on board. The platform had about 10 lakh skilled migrant job seekers registered on the platform, within four months of its launch.
Temasek is a Singapore government-owned investment firm that founded GoodWorker, which offers blue-collar jobs. GoodWorker is one of the leading investors in Zomato, Ola, Pine Labs and Curefit. This joint venture aims to reach 10 crore Indians, in the next 10 years by providing access to good jobs, career progression through upskilling as well as assistance — finance, healthcare, loans and social security services.
Through this joint venture, Pravasi Rojgar hopes to expand into building a resilient migrant-outreach programme through education, upskilling and technology. The collaboration brings in digitization, which will enable the job seekers more control over their data and the employers to find the right candidate for their job posting.
The JV will help in the humanitarian efforts of Pravasi Rojgar in helping the youth secure a means of livelihood and lead a better way of life. Product offerings from this venture will be formally launched in early 2021.