Tech Mahindra in collaboration with GIZ launches ‘ASCENT’

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Tech Mahindra, a leading provider of digital transformation, consulting, and business re-engineering services and solutions, today announced the formation of the ‘Alliance for Skill & Capacity ENhancement with Technology (ASCENT),’ which will support quality vocational training and improve employability among India’s youth. Within the develoPPP initiative, which GIZ implements on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, the project is being carried out in conjunction with Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. (BMZ). Tech Mahindra Foundation will assist with project implementation on the ground (TMF).

Based on the German Dual Vocational Educational Training (DVET) model, ASCENT seeks to teach 10,000 urban adolescents in the allied industries of healthcare, logistics, and digital technologies to make them job-ready as per industry standards. Through outreach, lobbying, placement aggregation, and the construction of a job portal, the project aims to build long-term relationships with the industry (specifically in the healthcare sector).

“India currently has one of the world’s largest talent bases, and sharpening focus on enhancing skills in new-age technologies will expedite achieving the dream of India becoming a Five Trillion Dollar economy by 2025. Our collaboration with GIZ and Tech Mahindra Foundation is a significant step towards creating a skilling and knowledge ecosystem. We believe this will enable us to bridge the skill gap and provide the next generation of the workforce the opportunity to build a better, sustainable future for themselves and the global economy,”

CP Gurnani, MD & CEO, Tech Mahindra, stated.

“The German model shows the importance of private sector involvement – indeed, leadership in developing a skilled workforce. India has tremendous potential that can be realized through state-of-the-art skilling, which is targeting the needs of the private sector and utilizing the resources of both the government and the private sector. This project builds on India’s strong IT ecosphere and applies it to the country’s broader skilling needs. The results will have an impact for years to come,”

Dr. Julie Reviere, Country Director, GIZ India, stated. 

Tech Mahindra’s focus on reskilling and upskilling the workforce based on relevant digital skillsets, in line with current and future industry requirements, would be bolstered by the alliance. The collaboration intends to combine Tech Mahinda’s sector and technical expertise with GIZ’s private and public sector network to build a skilling ecosystem augmented by a knowledge library that will benefit the industry and its partners.

“GIZ is extremely pleased to be able to work with Tech Mahindra on such an exciting and innovative project. The pandemic has starkly revealed the current limitations to online skilling approaches, methodologies, and technologies. Together with Tech Mahindra, this project will pilot new approaches that can help students learn more actively and thereby be better prepared for a productive future,”

Dr. Rodney Reviere, Head of GIZ’s skilling portfolio in India, stated.

“In tune with the larger mandate of the Government of India’s Skill India Mission, we have been working in the area of employability through our SMART program. An association with an organization like GIZ will further strengthen our efforts in establishing a robust vocational education training ecosystem as part of our work across the country,”

Rakesh Soni, Chief Executive Officer, Tech Mahindra Foundation (TMF), stated.

It will develop a pool of trainers with improved pedagogy and technical training who will contribute to the overall ecosystem as well as improve participants’ teaching-learning experiences through technological interventions such as Augmented Reality/ Virtual Reality (AR/VR) curriculum and self-paced learning content. The project will also work with the Directorate General of Trade (DGT), which is in charge of regulating India’s public vocational training system through Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs), to train selected ITI trainers and give them access to the project’s e-content for various courses.

This project also calls for the creation of strong monitoring and reporting mechanism, as well as knowledge dissemination both during and after the project’s completion. It also aligns with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly SDG 8 on ‘Decent work and economic growth, SDG 3 on ‘Good Health and Well-being, SDG 4 on ‘Quality Education, SDG 10 on ‘Reduced Inequalities’ and SDG 17 of ‘Partnerships for the Goals.

For holistic Business Transformation, Tech Mahindra believes in a digital philosophy. Digital technologies help organizations become more human by allowing them to think, sense, connect, communicate, secure, and act better than before. Tech Mahindra invests in developing technologies and solutions that enable digital transformation and address the increasing needs of customers as part of its NXT.NOWTM framework, which strives to improve the ‘Human Centric Experience.’

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