Indian Staffing Federation, FutureSkills PRIME – a MeitY- NASSCOM Digital Skilling Initiative – partner to bridge IT sector’s skills-jobs gap

New Delhi : Indian Staffing Federation (ISF), the apex body representing the staffing/private employment services industry in India, today announced that it has signed a MoU with FutureSkills Prime, a MeitY-NASSCOM digital skilling initiative, to address the Indian IT/ITeS sector’s demand for skilled professionals and to bridge the demand-supply asymmetry between skills and job opportunities. The partnership builds mechanisms for FutureSkills Prime learners to find employment opportunities through the staffing industry represented by Indian Staffing Industry members.

Commending the partnership Lohit Bhatia, President, Indian Staffing Federation shared: “Today is a historic day for Indian Staffing Federation and NASSCOM. The signing of this MOU between ISF, which provides daily employment to over 1.15 million workforce (in both IT and non-IT segments ) and FutureSkills Prime that focuses on reskilling / upskilling in niche and emerging technologies, brings the best of available jobs and candidates on to one platform. The Indian IT services sector, which has actively contributed to India’s growth in the last three decades, and ISF, that has strengthened the staffing industry through its compliant deployment in the past decade, will together take Indian IT talent to newer organizations in the coming years. We congratulate the committees that worked tirelessly on both sides to make this partnership a reality. We look forward to growing this partnership.”

NASSCOM / Sector Skills Council NASSCOM is the talent enabler for placement of candidates for IT-ITeS job roles. At the signing ceremony with NASSCOM, Suchita Dutta, Executive Director, Indian Staffing Federation shared: “This partnership will enable Indian Staffing Federation members to leverage NASSCOM’s reach in the education and skilling ecosystem to recruit students from colleges and vocational training institutes. This could include assessments that students can take to demonstrate proficiency, thus enabling them towards appropriate employment opportunities to improve their career options and growth.” Dutta added: “ISF and NASSCOM will also work on joint research on critical workforce related subjects, given the importance of contract staffing as a dominant model in the ‘Workforce of the Future’ as a way forward to work through staffing industry.”

In order to facilitate Career Services Support (CSS) provided by NASSCOM / SSC NASSCOM to trained job-seekers for IT-ITeS related job roles, the ISF-FutureSkills Prime partnership would include demand aggregation by ISF through its

100+ members. On the partnership with ISF, Kirti Seth, CEO – IT-ITES Sector Skill Council, NASSCOM said: “With technology becoming even more intrinsic for tech and non-tech sectors, digital fluency and skilling must be the prime

priority for individuals to remain competitive and future-ready. The staffing industry is a huge employer of the IT-ITES workforce.  This partnership will help improve the employability options as well as provide an insight into the nature and shape of upcoming demands.  It will be a two-way partnership that will benefit the keen learner and enthusiastic professional.”

The partnership will also create enabling factors for staffing companies to have their employees (especially IT-ITES white collar) to get upskilled on new, emerging technologies and the related professional skills leveraging the FutureSkills Prime ecosystem, amongst others. The SSC NASSCOM will be additionally curating special DeepSkilling programs w.r.t. aligned courses for the staffing industry workforce with the FutureSkills PRIME ecosystem partners, including OEM and Training Partners, in specific areas of new, emerging technologies.

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