Labour minister launches DigiSaksham, a digital skills initiative to empower youth

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admin November 9, 2021
Updated 2021/11/09 at 3:01 PM

On Thursday, Union Labour and Employment Minister Bhupender Yadav inaugurated DigiSaksham, a digital skills initiative aimed at improving youth employability by providing them with the digital skills they need in an increasingly technology-driven world.

According to a statement from the labour ministry, this cooperative endeavour with Microsoft India is an extension of the government’s existing programmes to empower adolescents from rural and semi-urban regions.

More than 3 lakh adolescents would get free digital skills training, including basic and advanced computing, under the DigiSaksham project in the first year.

The training is available via the National Career Service (NCS) Portal for job searchers.

The effort prioritises job searchers from semi-urban regions who are members of disadvantaged populations, such as those who have lost their employment as a result of the Covid-19 outbreak.

The Union minister stated that, with fast-paced technological advancements, continuous skilling, reskilling, and up-skilling is a requirement.

According to the announcement, there will be three forms of training available under the DigiSaksham initiative: Digital Skills self-paced learning, VILT mode training (virtual instructor-led), and ILT mode training (instructor-led).

The in-person ILT training for SCs and STs will be held in Model Career Centres (MCCs) and National Career Service Centres (NCSC) throughout the nation.

Nearly one crore active job seekers registered on the National Career Service (NCS) Portal will be able to access training in areas such as JavaScript, Data Visualisation, Advance Excel, Power Bi, HTML, programming languages, software development fundamentals, introduction to coding, and more, according to the statement. Aga Khan Rural Support Programme India will implement DigiSaksham on the ground (AKRSP-I).

On this occasion, the union minister also emphasised the importance of skilling in bridging India’s digital divide, putting the country on the road to inclusive economic recovery, and preparing India’s talent to thrive in a digital future that caters not only to domestic economic needs but also to international employment opportunities.

President Microsoft India Anant Maheshwari noted at the inaugural event that future skills would be different from today’s and that closing the digital skill equity gap will need the government and private sector working together with people to expedite India’s transition to a “Digital Economy.”

Jobseekers can access Microsoft learning resources such as programming languages, data analytics, software development fundamentals, and advanced digital productivity on the National Career Service (NCS) portal, according to the statement, and the DigiSaksham initiative will equip more than 300,000 youth with technical skills in the first year.

The project prioritises job searchers from semi-urban regions who are members of disadvantaged groups, notably those from socially and economically challenged communities, marginalised communities, and those who have been relocated or lost work as a result of Covid-19.

For the implementation of this digital effort, Microsoft India has enlisted the help of the Aga Khan Rural Support Programme-India and its knowledge partner TMI e2E Academy.

The National Career Service (NCS) Project is being implemented as a Mission Mode Project by the Ministry of Labour and Employment to transform the National Employment Service to provide a variety of employment-related services such as job matching, career counselling, vocational guidance, information on skill development courses, apprenticeships, and internships, among others.

NCS services are accessible online, and Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India dedicated it to the country in 2015. All of the portal’s services are free for all stakeholders, including job seekers, companies, training providers, and placement agencies.

Career Centres (Employment Exchanges), Common Service Centres, post offices, mobile devices, internet cafés, and other locations may all access the NCS websites.

With the government’s heightened emphasis on career counselling, the ministry has built a network of over 700 career counsellors who post their schedules on the NCS site on a regular basis.

The Knowledge Repository of Career Counselling Content was produced by digitising existing counselling material and making it available to a variety of consumers. According to the statement, occupational information on over 3,600 jobs based on the National Classification of Occupations 2015 is also accessible under career information.

The Government of India has granted financial support to states for the establishment of model career centres, and has already authorised 207 Model Career Centres (including seven non-funded MCCs), with plans to establish another 200 across states/UTs, according to the statement.

The NCS site also offered an open architecture for institutions and organisations to collaborate on the delivery of career and employment services.

The ministry has partnered with a number of leading institutions and organisations, including Quikr Jobs, Monster.com, Freshers World, First Job, Mera Job, Synergy Relationship Management Services Private Limited, VSS Tech Solutions Pvt Ltd, Monter.com, Saral Rozgar, Cassius Technologies Pvt Ltd, Shine.com, and others, to expand job opportunities for our workforce, according to the statement.

Other ministries/departments, such as MSDE, MHRD, AICTE, and others, are currently integrating with the NCS site.

Employers are increasingly looking for employability skills as well as subject matter knowledge as vital attributes in their future workers as the labour market becomes more competitive. Skills that go beyond degrees and experience are referred to as employability skills.

 

Source: Business Standard

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