Close to 3mn people in India acquired digital skills during COVID-19: Microsoft

Microsoft Corp on Tuesday stated it has helped over 30 million people throughout 249 nations and territories acquire entry to digital skills, together with shut to 3 million people from India. 

This quantity is increased than the preliminary objective of 25 million that was introduced by the tech large in June final year. Microsoft Corp can also be extending its dedication to assist 250,000 corporations globally make a skills-based hire in 2021, a press release stated. 

“From laid-off factory workers to retail associates and truck drivers, millions of people turned to online learning courses from GitHub, LinkedIn and Microsoft during the pandemic to help prepare for and secure the most in-demand roles, including customer service, project management and data analysis,” it added.

The subsequent stage of the initiative units a brand new basis for a skills-based financial system via a suite of recent instruments and platforms designed to join expert job seekers with employers, the company stated. “Skills will be the new currency in the post-pandemic world. 

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Over the past year, we’ve seen the pandemic affect people all across the world, including those who could bear it the least. For us to emerge stronger from the pandemic, reskilling needs to be at the center of our economic reset,” Microsoft Asia President Ahmed Mazhari stated. 

Together with LinkedIn, Microsoft is doubling down its efforts to re-design work in the area by supporting the event of a extra inclusive skills-based labour market, creating extra options, higher flexibility, and accessible studying paths that join people extra readily with new job alternatives, he added. LinkedIn plans to assist 250,000 corporations globally make skills-based hires this year via new and present hiring merchandise. 

The company will present each new methods for job seekers to exhibit their skills and new instruments for employers to join to candidates based mostly on their talent proficiencies. This will embody the pilot of LinkedIn Skills Path that brings collectively LinkedIn Learning programs with Skill Assessments to assist recruiters supply candidates in a extra equitable manner — based mostly on their confirmed skills. 

LinkedIn is piloting Skills Path with numerous corporations, together with BlackRock, Gap Inc and TaskRabbit, it stated. LinkedIn profile options are additionally being enhanced to assist people share extra about themselves, their career and targets in a extra genuine and interesting manner. 

This features a video Cover Story that enables job seekers to exhibit their comfortable skills to recruiters and hiring managers. In India, Microsoft has partnered with the federal government, trade our bodies and non-profit companions to create a robust digital skilling ecosystem in the nation. 

Last year, Microsoft joined arms with the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) in India to empower one lakh underserved younger ladies throughout India with digital skills. Microsoft has additionally partnered with the Directorate General of Training (DGT), Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) and NASSCOM Foundation to create studying pathways for college students on the Industrial Training Institutes (ITI) in India. To promote skilling as a nationwide precedence, NASSCOM FutureSkills and Microsoft collaborated final year to launch a nation-wide AI skilling initiative that goals to talent a million college students in AI by 2021.

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