According to the Reuters, on 17 July, Facebook on entered into a ‘strategic partnership’ with the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) to empower youth and entrepreneurs with digital skills in India. Under the Skill India Mission, nearly one crore youth in the country are being annually skilled, reskilled and upskilled through various central government programmes.
Dharmendra Pradhan, Union Minister for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship said, “The partnership with Facebook aims to leverage the digital opportunity which can assist in creating a marketplace for many businesses and service offerings for candidates getting trained under our skill ecosystem and; also act as an information kiosk for knowledge sharing. With Facebook’s expertise and support, we are taking a step towards utilizing the immense potential of digital skills for the economic betterment of the country”.
The programme includes courses on Digital Marketing, Online Safety and Financial Literacy in regional languages with Facebook imparting training to people nominated by the NSDC. This will up-skill job seekers and increase their prospects of employment. The partnership, signed in Bhubaneswar, Odisha, will enable Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) to incorporate Facebook’s training on Digital Marketing Skills in its courses, besides
Ankhi Das, Public Policy Director, India, South and Central Asia – Facebook, said in a statement, “We are delighted to partner with the National Skill Development Corporation to help in upskilling the youth of the country and also empower local businesses by providing training and resources to build up a digital presence and grow their businesses beyond what the traditional offline economies offer. This skilled workforce and successful businesses are imperative for boosting employment and economic growth in the country”.
Anyone can easily search for jobs on their Facebook app or visit www.facebook.com/jobs through their mobile phones while controlling the sharing of information with prospective employers.
In 2017, Facebook launched Digital Training Hub which aims to train 500,000 youth and entrepreneurs by 2020.