The National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM) today showcased the roadmap for their pilot reskilling initiative – FutureSkills.
Conducted on the sidelines of the HR Summit, Debjani Ghosh, President, NASSCOM and Amit Aggarwal, CEO, IT-ITES Sector Skills Council, NASSCOM discussed the industry response and ultimate objective for the platform. NASSCOM’s FutureSkills platform (powered by Edcast) aims to position India as the talent hub for emerging technologies, as the pioneer in global digital capabilities.
An industry utility for skills development in 9 emerging technologies, 66+ job roles and 155+ skills, the platform is a complement to the government’s Digital India initiative. The programme is pivoted on 9 emerging technologies: Big Data Analytics, Artificial Intelligence, Cyber Security, Robotic Process Automation, Internet of things, Social & media, Virtual Reality, 3D printing and Cloud Computing.
Debjani Ghosh, President, NASSCOM said, “Capacity building and skill development have emerged as core components to bridge the digital disruption. As technology permeates through various industries, we are confident that the symbiosis of skills and innovation will be well absorbed across industries. With reskilling, productivity enhancement, and automation emerging as the future drivers of the industry, NASSCOM’s FutureSkills platform is surfing a new wave of growth through the automation tide.”
Most companies today are generating and using huge amount of data. Hence, Big Data Analytics and Artificial Intelligence will have propensity to impact many sectors in the near future. The first few sectors to be impacted will be healthcare, retail, telecom and manufacturing, who will leverage insights from Big Data Analytics to drive their businesses. The total demand for AI and Big Data Analytics roles in 2018 will be 511,000 and will increase to 786,000 by 2021.
10 NASSCOM member companies will be the pioneers who have enrolled in the first phase of the initiative, the second phase will open its doors to universities and colleges. Some of the ‘Pioneers’ include, Wipro and Tech Mahindra (IT Services), Cyient (Engineering Services), Genpact & WNS (BPM), CGI (Global Capability Center), Purpletalk (Products), Dev-IT and Kellton (SMEs).
The FutureSkills programme which was launched earlier this February, ultimately aims to reskill 1 million professionals along with skilling 1 million potential employees and students in the industry over a period of 5 years.