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FutureSkills Prime

FutureSkills Prime, launched in 2018, is a joint initiative by the Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology (MeitY) and the IT Industry led by NASSCOM. The program is being extended under the GoI's flagship Champion Service Sector (CSS) Scheme.

FutureSkills Prime

FutureSkills Prime is a skilling ecosystem focused on emerging technologies, powered by a partnership between MeitY, NASSCOM, and the IT industry. It seeks to propel India to become a global hub of talent in emerging technologies.

Research indicates that 50% of the 4 million employees of the IT industry need to be reskilled over the next 3 years. In addition, digital disruption is transforming every industry. Through this initiative, the Government and industry aim to reskill/upskill a total of about 1.4 million employees over a period of 5 years (1 million from company supported (B2B) skilling and another 0.4 million from this Government supported/facilitated (B2C) scheme). FutureSkills Prime is one of the lighthouse schemes under the Government’s Trillion Dollar Digital Economy initiative.

The platform would provide interested candidates with multiple options for their skilling needs. Through this platform, learners can exit at multiple points in their learning journey. They can earn badges for digital fluency, earn certificates from courses aligned to the government-approved curriculum, go through blended learning from key program partners like CDAC/NIELIT and complete bridge and foundations course.

Significant Features

  • First of its kind government and industry partnership to drive a national skilling ecosystem for digital technologies.
  • End-to-end skilling from assessment to certification.
  • Affordable, credible content handpicked by industry leaders.
  • Speed up learning with bite-sized course modules.
  • Certifications recognized by the industry.

Implementation

The Union Cabinet had approved the proposal of the Department of Commerce to give focussed attention to twelve identified Champion Services Sectors for promoting their development and realising their potential. IT and ITeS Services is one of the identified champion service sectors under the umbrella scheme titled Champion Service Sector Scheme (‘CSSS’). The scheme would be jointly implemented by MeitY and NASSCOM.

Eligibility

  • IT professionals in IT and non-IT firms
  • Central and state government employees including those in PSUs and autonomous bodies
  • Those undergoing/selected for internship/apprenticeship roles
  • Professionals leveraging emerging tech in their respective domains
  • Fresh recruit (who have been offered employment) but are yet to take up a job

Courses

Foundation Courses

Foundation courses are aligned to Industry and IT-ITeS Sector Skills Council NASSCOM (SSC NASSCOM) recommended curricula. Foundation course curricula as defined by SSC NASSCOM and Industry are approved by the IT line Ministry MeitY. These curricula were finally approved by NSQC at NSQF Level 4. These courses cover the key concepts of technology. The typical duration of these courses is 40-60 hrs and includes both the theoretical and practical components.

Bridge Courses

Bridge courses will be offered in blended mode by CDAC/NIELT and will provide fundamental insight into the future course a learner joins. Apart from providing an introductory exposure, the learner will learn about various tools, programming platforms, hardware etc. that are part of the respective future technology. Application-specific career opportunities for respective future technology would also be covered as part of bridge programs.

Collaborative Deep Skilling

These courses are aligned to industry recommended and Government approved competency standards. Competency standards specify the performance, knowledge and understanding of a job role related task/NOS. Each NOS (aka Competency Standard) is NSQF aligned. NSQF aligned deep skill course curricula as defined by SSC NASSCOM and Industry are approved by the IT line Ministry MeitY and these curricula are then approved by NSQC.

Training of Government Officials (B2G)

It is essential for the Central/State Government, PSUs, and autonomous organisations involved in IT/ITeS and related areas to keep abreast with the emerging technologies and get the internal technical manpower trained. Such training requirements would span across various aspects involving capabilities, platforms, services, tools, etc. in future technologies. NIELIT/CDAC would undertake the pan-India training of government officials.

Training of Trainers

The CDAC/NIELIT resource centres and SSC NASSCOM will train faculty spread across the country. FutureSkills Prime envisages providing uniform training and technical exposure to all trainers who are part of this initiative.

Benefits

  • Build Digital Fluency: Get a quick overview of what these technologies are, how they are used, what are the jobs, and what skills you need to learn through byte-sized microlearning content.
  • Learn how AI, IoT, Cloud, UI/ UX, RPA, and Big Data are changing the way business happens in every field.
  • Customized course plans for consuming only relevant information. Choose from small nuggets for novices to expert designed courses for those who want to do more.
  • Add professional skills to your skillset with carefully selected courses across design thinking, digital leadership, collaboration, and problem solving.
  • Get certification backed by the government that will demonstrate digital expertise on the identified skill.
  • Show off your skills by earning and sharing badges on the learning you complete.
  • Take up Industry recommended and validated courses in form of foundation, bridge, and technical competency-based courses developed by the industry.

How to access

Web access

The IT platform - https://futureskillsprime.in  provides interested candidates with multiple options for their skilling needs. Through this platform, learners can exit at multiple points in their learning journey. They can earn badges for digital fluency, earn certificates from courses aligned to the government-approved curriculum, go through blended learning from key program partners like CDAC/NEILIT and complete bridge and foundations course.

Mobile app

To download FutureSkills Prime App

Source: FutureSkills Prime



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