The largest professional networking site, LinkedIn, announced its collaboration with the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) on Tuesday to facilitate online digital skills enhancement training for free. The courses are available on the e-Skill India server and will be accessible for free until March 31, 2021. The professional networking platform will provide free access to ten of its LinkedIn Learning Paths, out of 140 available courses on a wide range of digital skills.
The official statement by LinkedIn
“According to LinkedIn data, Indian professionals with digital skills are 20 percent more in demand than professionals without digital skills in 2020. With this in mind, the LinkedIn and NSDC collaboration aims to enable a future-ready digital workforce by providing access to free learning resources aligned with ten in-demand jobs in today’s digital economy, identified using data from LinkedIn’s Economic Graph.
The ten free LinkedIn Learning paths will help India’s youth develop the skills needed for those jobs,” LinkedIn said in its official release. It also mentioned, “As part of the partnership, LinkedIn will additionally be providing periodic labour market insights based on LinkedIn’s Economic Graph of 69+ million members in India. This will include in-demand skills, emerging jobs, and global hiring rates for NSDC to better understand the skilling ecosystem.”
The learning paths on LinkedIn
LinkedIn Learning Paths are easy to understand and follow. Each path contains a series of video content that guides the learner to the subject in detail. Job-seekers can learn the core digital skills required to perform a tech role. The skills being taught here vary from entry-level digital literacy to advanced product-based skills. The need for soft skills has also widely been accepted in the corporate sector, and so, LinkedIn is adding free access to three soft skills learning paths as well, available for free on the e-Skill India portal.
What does the opportunity mean for India?
Ashutosh Gupta, India Country Manager, LinkedIn, explained that upskilling is a crucial factor that will drive India’s economic recovery. He said, “By making digital reskilling resources more accessible, we hope to level the playing field so that everyone has an opportunity to not just get back into the workforce, but to also re-skill and obtain meaningful work. We hope to continue to use the power of our products and platform to build a more equitable and just future and create economic opportunity for all.”
Dr. Manish Kumar, CEO & MD, NSDC, also expressed his joy over the collaboration and said, “Our collaboration with LinkedIn reflects our commitment to advance digital competencies and skills of young professionals.”
What does The Policy Times think?
- This collaboration is a welcome deal from which most Indians should benefit, especially in the lockdown.
- Online courses have been very beneficial for candidates in the past, but most of them are paid. As this is a free learning path, more students are encouraged to explore the possibilities here.
- Parents should also look for courses for young students who have a knack of learning to stay competitive in the future.