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Microsoft India and Ministry of Labour & Employment collaborate to skill 10 million job seekers

Through the initiative, Microsoft, and the Ministry of Labour and Employment will provide 10 million active registered job seekers on the National Career Service (NCS) platform, access to inclusive computing and computer science training, equipping them with the skills required to thrive in a digital economy, according to a statement.



Microsoft India on Thursday announced a partnership with the Ministry of Labour and Employment (MoLE) to launch DigiSaksham - a collaborative digital skills training initiative to empower jobseekers in an increasingly tech driven economy. Through the initiative, Microsoft, and the Ministry of Labour and Employment will provide 10 million active registered job seekers on the National Career Service (NCS) platform, access to inclusive computing and computer science training, equipping them with the skills required to thrive in a digital economy, according to a statement. Conceptualized and designed by Microsoft India , DigiSaksham will be implemented in the field by Aga Khan Rural Support Programme India (AKRSP-I). The program will impact more than 300,000 job seekers in the first year, training them in subjects including programming languages, data analytics, software development fundamentals and advanced digital productivity, the statement added.

DigiSaksham will leverage the strengths of MoLE’s platform, National Career Service (NCS) to equip youth with skills and industry-recognized credentials that increase access to employment opportunities and promote skills-based hiring. Jobseekers registered on the NCS portal will be trained in specialized technology modules aligned with their existing educational qualifications. The technology modules will be taught at intermediate and advanced levels, equipping participants with digital skills. DigiSaksham is an extension of Microsoft’s global commitment to help 25 million people acquire digital skills in a COVID-19 econo


my. This project aims to support the existing government ecosystem by upskilling job seekers through a four-step approach; Facilitation, Content integration, Jobseeker Training and Employment assistance, the statement further added. The joint initiative is an extension of the government’s ongoing engagement to upskill youth from rural and semi-urban areas. Bhupender Yadav, Union Cabinet Minister for Environment, Forest & Climate Change; and Labour & Employment, said, “If India


has to realize all its ambitions, it is important that our youth are proficient in computer and digital skills. To build their competencies and abilities, Government of India’s Ministry of Labour & Employment in partnership with Microsoft India has launched a new program which we have named DigiSaksham. This program is being offered free of cost on the Ministry's National Career Services portal. You can enroll and join the program to enhance your digital skills and through DigiSaksham enhance your opportunity for jobs and employment in the digital world. I want to see our youth grow and get better opportunities for employment, and for that I encourage everyone to join this program in large numbers.”


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