The National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) on Wednesday (February 5) announced that it has partnered with Salesforce for its skill development and capacity building initiatives.
The partnership will leverage Salesforce’s free online learning platform, Trailhead to empower anyone to skill up and increase one’s job prospects in the digital economy. Through this partnership, NSDC and Salesforce aim at empowering learners and educators, regardless of socioeconomic background, to skill up for the jobs of tomorrow with innovative content, presentations and training resource.
The partnership also entails reaching out to colleges and universities to be able to adopt NSDC’s wide array of courses and curriculum and engage with students through the Trailhead platform.
Dr. Manish Kumar, MD and CEO, NSDC said, “Preparing for the future workforce requires active collaboration with private and public players. This partnership is an endeavour to offer continual learning opportunities via digital platforms to the youth across the country.”
SDC is a not-for-profit company set up to address the need for providing skilled manpower across various sectors in the country. NSDC aims to promote skill development by catalysing creation of large, quality and for-profit vocational institutions.
Further, the organisation provides funding to build scalable and profitable vocational training initiatives. Its mandate is also to enable support system, which focuses on quality assurance, information systems and train the trainer academies either directly or through partnerships.
“Trailhead’s mission is to remove barriers to learning by empowering anyone to skill up for the jobs of tomorrow,” said Sarah Franklin, EVP and GM, Platform, Trailhead and Developers, Salesforce.
Trailhead enables its users to access the online platform across the country and build the skills to match up with in-demand jobs in technology, both within and beyond the Salesforce ecosystem.
It is being speculated that by 2022, more than 120 Mn workers will need reskilling due to advances in artificial intelligence (AI) and automation. According to the World Economic Forum, on average, an Indian worker today needs about 100 days of re-skilling to be ready for future jobs by 2022.
The government has recognised the need for skill development under various initiatives that provide a framework for the same. The central government has already introduced the National Skill Development Policy in 2009 and a National Skill Development Mission in 2010. Moreover, currently, over 70 skill development schemes across various sectors are being implemented by various central government departments.
In July 2019, the Centre celebrated four years of its flagship programme Skill India Mission that coincides with World Youth Skills Day. The government had announced that over 1 Cr youth have enrolled under the initiative on a yearly basis. It also confirmed that it has trained over 67 lakh people across 25K Prime Minister Kaushal Kendras set in the country, till then.