Bengaluru : On the occasion of World Youth Skills Day, Karnataka Skill Development Corporation (KSDC) has received a nod from the Karnataka Government to build the Karnataka Skill Connect Portal (KSCP). Karnataka Skill Development Corporation (KSDC) will bring together an integrated digital platform that will connect academic institutions, recognized and empanelled skilling agencies, potential workforce, and potential employers.
KDEM will act as a knowledge bridge to the department of skill development and provide industry collaborations to enhance the portal’s engagement effectively amongst all its stakeholders. KDEM will support the department of skill development with advisory and program management services to successfully build the KSCP platform. The Hon’ble Chief Minister of Karnataka Shri Basavraj Bommai, along with Dr. C N Ashwath Narayan, Minister for Higher Education, IT, BT, & ST, Skill Development, Entrepreneurship & Livelihood, Govt of Karnataka, Dr. E V Ramana Reddy, ACS, Dept of Electronics, IT BT S&T and Mr. Sanjeev Gupta, CEO, KDEM unveiled a short video of the online platform – KSCP. The portal will allow aspiring students to identify their skill gaps, enroll in training programs delivered by certified training providers and use the certifications obtained to apply for jobs available on the portal.
Speaking on the occasion, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Karnataka Shri Basavaraj Bommai said, “Karnataka is the hub of innovation and start-ups in the country. For us to be recognized on a global platform, we need to build a skilled workforce which can only be achieved if the youth of our state are provided with the right training and skillset. Establishing platforms such as the Karnataka Skill Connect Portal is a step in this direction as institutions, skilling agencies, and employers, all converge to provide easy access for potential candidates to address any skills gap and also enable the academia and talent for future digital jobs. This reinforces the Government’s commitment towards creating jobs for all and empowering the youth to enable employment to redefine the state’s contribution to the nation’s growth.”
Dr. Ashwathnarayan C N, Hon’ble Minister, Dept of Electronics, IT BT S&T said, “Karnataka has been at the forefront leading the charge for creating a holistic start-up ecosystem for the industries to thrive. A platform like KSCP will help strengthen a thriving ecosystem driving Karnataka’s digital economy thereby playing a significant role in contributing to the nation’s growth. In a bid to encourage and increase employment while stimulating talent, we aim at furthering skill development initiatives in the technology space for the youth to create a robust start-up ecosystem.”
Commenting on this, Shri Dr. S Selva Kumar, Additional Chief Secretary, Department of Skill Development, Entrepreneurship and Livelihood, said, “Karnataka is leading the charts for providing a favourable ecosystem for the talent to learn and grow because of the state’s unwavering commitment to bridge the skill gap in order to transform the lives of the people. This platform by KSDC is a stride in this direction and to leverage our position globally in reinforcing talent building, stimulating entrepreneurship and innovation throughout Karnataka.”
Shri. Ashwin Gowda, Managing Director, Department of Skill Development said – “On behalf of Karnataka Skill Development Corporation, it gives me immense pleasure to introduce KSCP, the platform will aid in our journey of aligning the activities of KSDC with the Skill India Mission to empower the youth of Karnataka and enable their employment. We are very hopeful of enabling an enriching platform to the ascending start-up environment of Karnataka and ensure the state’s competitiveness in the global market.”
Mr. Sanjeev Gupta, CEO, KDEM added, “As Karnataka marches ahead in its journey of creating a robust digital and start-up ecosystem, the KDEM and the department of skill development will work in tandem to increase employability and create relevant skill training programs that suit industry requirements through the KSCP. KDEM will act as an industry guide to the department of skill development, bringing in technology, best practices, and process-based support for meeting the objectives of skilling programs in the state of Karnataka while providing the industry with access to skilled and trained manpower.”
The KSCP will showcase unique features for job seekers, universities, industry, and training service providers that will make it a holistic platform. The portal will offer an AI-based career guidance service, helping candidates assess their existing skills and define jobs and skills they aspire for. Based on the assessment, the portal will identify the candidates’ skills gap and suggest relevant training programs to bridge the gaps and strengthen potential employment opportunities.