In six months, the COVID-19 pandemic has spurred a global economic crisis including massive unemployment, as a huge amount of work either stopped or moved online. As societies reopen, one of the key steps needed to foster a safe and successful economic recovery is expanded access to the digital skills needed to fill new jobs.
On this World Youth Skills Day, sharing a quote by Rohini Srivathsa, National Technology Officer Microsoft on their initiatives and efforts to transform India into a skilled nation:
“Microsoft is deeply invested in creating a digital skills ecosystem that prepares India’s youth and workforce for jobs of the future. Our recent announcement to help 25 million people worldwide acquire the digital skills needed in the COVID-19 economy is a strong step in that direction. Microsoft has partnered with the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) to provide digital skills to over 1 lakh youth in India over the next 12 months. Our vision for skilling is creating a connected ‘system of learning’ that empowers everyone to pursue lifelong learning. We recognize that no company can close the skills gap alone. Sustained progress will require a renewed partnership between stakeholders, and we are working closely with the public, private, and non-profit sectors in India to create a vibrant skilling ecosystem in the country.”