Get a ‘QP’ tag for better job prospects, Nasscom tells students

KV Kurmanath Hyderabad | Updated on January 23, 2018 Published on August 27, 2015


Creates virtual platform for talent acquisition professionals

Do you want to improve your chances of getting a job? You’d better pick a good Qualification Package (QP) and have a certificate that’s valued by IT firms, Nasscom tells engineering students.

A QP is developed by the IT industry association around a specific IT tool or expertise. It readied a basket of 74 job roles with standardised courseware for entry level openings in the IT industry. It identified 313 QPs for mid-level and 130 for senior level openings in the industry.

With a well-defined courseware that can be spread over a few hundred hours of learning, these QPs could be handpicked by the students depending on their interests and job prospects. Along with the degree, they will get a certificate, endorsing their expertise in a subject.

The Nasscom had asked its members to hire people with certified QPs. “They have just started adopting QPs. Our target is to get to 10 per cent of recruitment through QPs this year,” Nasscom Chairman BVR Mohan Reddy told BusinessLine. The industry is expected to add about 2.5 lakh jobs a year.

The Nasscom is in talks with the State governments for the rollout. “Anna University has embraced this and several thousand students are being enrolled for QPs. We are in talks with Telangana and Andhra Pradesh governments,” Sandhya Chintala, Executive Director of IT-BPO Sector Skills Council at Nasscom, said.

She spoke to reporters on the sidelines of a meet that discussed ‘Standards-based Recruitment – the new paradigm’ here on Thursday.

Platform for recruiters

To encourage students and colleges to take to QPs and develop skills of recruiting professionals, Nasscom is building a virtual platform with the help of talent training firm TalentSprint for talent acquisition profes- sionals.

The platform would also have a database of QP-certified jobseekers.

“The virtual community would help recruiters acquire new skills and network,” Santanu Paul, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of TalentSprint, said.

There are about 30,000 recruiting professionals in the country with no common platform to upgrade themselves.

Published on August 27, 2015
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