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TechM partners edX to re-skill workforce

Press Trust of India New Delhi | Updated on January 09, 2018 Published on January 09, 2018

IT major Tech Mahindra on Tuesday said it has partnered with e-learning platform edX to facilitate re-skilling of its 1.17 lakh workforce in emerging areas such as Internet of Things, data analytics, artificial intelligence and cyber security.

Founded by Harvard University and MIT in 2012, edX counts India as its second-largest learner base with over 15 lakh people enrolled.

“Today’s disruptive business landscape demands for our talent to be future-ready, and it is our responsibility to ensure that the right tools and innovative pathways are made available to them,” said Tech Mahindra CEO and MD CP Gurnani.

He explained that the chosen 10 areas are technologies that clients are increasingly focussing on.

“We are working together with Tech Mahindra to offer learners the tools they need to gain knowledge in the said areas in order to fast-track their careers and secure in-demand jobs,” said Anant Agarwal, edX CEO and MIT Professor.

The employees will be offered these courses, which are priced $50-1,000, at discounted rates that will be reimbursed on successful completion of the course.

Besides, the IT firm will offer opportunities for pre-identified learners enrolled in edX’s MicroMasters programme.

For anyone who completes these programmes and meets the minimum criteria of education and work experience, Tech Mahindra will assure a job interview with the company, Agarwal said.

Over the past few years, edX has witnessed 96 per cent growth in its Indian learner base, with the country constituting 11 per cent of the platform’s overall learner base.

According to a recent EY report, commissioned by Ficci and Nasscom, the IT-BPM sector is expected to be impacted the most by digital and automation trends, with 70-75 per cent of the jobs in 2022 requiring new skill sets.

It said, of the 4.5 million jobs in 2022, 10-20 per cent will be new roles such as 3D designer, AI research scientist and language processing specialist.

Published on January 09, 2018
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