“What years of education could not do for me, just four months changed me completely. Now I have a job, and I believe I can do it!”
These spirited words were expressed by Shivraj from Karnataka, and one can hear the relief in his voice after a timely intervention changed things for him.
This is a common situation in India – education alone is not enough. Passing the exams requires hard work. But confidence, life skills and the ‘can-do’ spirit are often missing for many young people.
The fifth edition of National Employability Report 2015-16 found that over 80 per cent of engineers in India remain unemployable. One of the reasons for this is a significant gap in skills imparted by our educational institutions and what is expected from the industry.
Communication English, Life Skills, Digital Literacy – these are some of the skills that most companies look for when hiring individuals for their organisations. Very often, despite having high scores in examinations, candidates fail to ace interviews because they lack in one or more of these skills.
Most of our educational institutes fail to invest in equipping students with these essential skills. So can this be fixed?
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Yes, it can!
To bridge that gap and make students industry-ready, Quest Alliance, a not-for-profit trust, is working in collaboration with Accenture, to skill students. Accenture works with Quest Alliance to enable the under-served youth to pick up critical life, work and communication English skills. Accenture’s learning and knowledge management experts have helped create a unique ‘Blended-Learning’ experience that combines digital self-learning, classroom activities, games and instructor facilitated peer learning at Quest Alliance.
With the aid of technology, Quest Alliance is combining digital self-learning modules, gamified assessments, and classroom group activities to help students hone their skills.
So far, 90,000 people have been impacted across India as part of the Accenture-Quest Alliance collaboration. What’s heartening is that 70% of those who enrolled for the course have been placed in various organisations and have kickstarted their career.
Shivraj today has a job and a bright future. His journey needs to be replicated a million-fold. And it is happening even as we speak.
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