The Union Ministry of Labor and Microsoft India jointly launched here on Thursday a skilled digital platform – DigiSaksham – to improve the employability of young people. According to the Center, the platform will equip young people with digital skills that are needed in an increasingly tech-driven era.
Labor and Employment Minister Bhupender Yadav said the platform is expanding the Centre’s ongoing programs to support young people in rural and semi-urban areas. The center will provide free digital skills training, including advanced computing, to three young lakh during the first year of the program.
“Job seekers can access training through the National Career Service (NCS) portal (www.ncs.gov.in). The initiative prioritizes job seekers from semi-urban areas belonging to disadvantaged communities, including those who have lost their jobs due to the Covid-19 pandemic, “a government statement read.
The center aims to provide training to nearly one crore of active job seekers registered on the NCS website in areas such as Java Script, Data Visualization, Advance Excel, Power Bi, HTML, Programming Languages, Principles fundamentals of software development, introduction to coding, etc.
Microsoft India President Anant Maheshwari said that the skills of the future will be different from those of today and that bridging the digital skills equity gap requires the involvement and close cooperation of government and from the private sector. He said such platforms would further accelerate India’s transition to a digital economy.