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Microsoft, NSDC collaborate to empower 1 lakh women in India with digital skills

Microsoft on Wednesday mentioned it has collaborated with the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) to impart digital expertise to a couple of lakh underserved girls in India over the subsequent 10 months. As a part of the collaboration, greater than 70 hours after all content material might be made accessible freed from price, masking subjects similar to digital literacy, enhancing employability, nano entrepreneurship, and communication expertise.

This initiative is an extension of Microsoft’s partnership with NSDC to offer digital expertise to over 1 lakh youth within the nation.

“The (newest) partnership is concentrated on enhancing girls’s workforce participation by equipping underserved younger girls from rural communities with the abilities required to thrive in a digital economic system,” a press release mentioned.

The programme will curate a sequence of reside coaching classes and digital skilling drives to assist create alternatives for younger women and girls, significantly first time job seekers and people whose jobs could have been impacted by COVID-19, to hitch the long run workforce.

“COVID-19 has accelerated India’s digital transformation and a workforce that’s outfitted with future-ready expertise would be the key to unlocking the nation’s subsequent part of progress. Offering equal alternative and entry to digital expertise for underserved younger girls might be an essential a part of this journey, guaranteeing an inclusive financial restoration,” Microsoft India President Anant Maheshwari mentioned.

These reside coaching classes might be delivered on-line by means of the Microsoft Group Coaching (MCT) platform. The MCT platform can even enable the trainees to entry wealthy content material already accessible on MCT in addition to present a discussion board to have interaction with friends.

“NSDC is nurturing a conducive ecosystem during which girls throughout formal and casual sectors get entry to applicable ability growth alternatives. Mainstreaming of content material, supply of coaching and use of digital platforms are key to growing participation of ladies,” NSDC MD and CEO Manish Kumar mentioned.

The partnership with Microsoft will assist in financial empowerment of ladies, he added.

Beneath this partnership, eSkill India – NSDC’s digital skilling initiative – will assist in constructing the outreach of this engagement by means of its skilling ecosystem which incorporates sector ability councils, coaching companions, and coaching centres. Microsoft and NSDC will award a joint e-certificate to contributors submit course completion.

Moreover, 20,000 younger girls from areas with least feminine labour pressure participation might be chosen by NSDC and expert by means of devoted expertise for employability coaching program for employment in IT/IT enabled job roles.

The partnership with NSDC is an extension of Microsoft’s world skilling initiative to assist 25 million folks worldwide purchase new digital expertise wanted for the COVID-19 economic system and a part of Microsoft India’s ongoing dedication to assist younger girls for a profession in know-how.

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