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Vodafone launches an International future jobs programme

March 21, 2018

Vodafone has announced the launch of an International future jobs programme to provide career guidance and access to training content in the digital economy for up to 5 million youth in India and 10 million young people across 18 countries by 2022. This Vodafone digital skills and jobs initiative is the largest of its kind in the world.

As part of this landmark initiative, Vodafone has developed ‘Future Jobs Finder’ a new online platform accessible to all youth for career guidance, access to relevant trainings and search meaningful jobs in the digital economy globally. The first step in the platform is a series of quick psychometric tests designed to identify each individual’s aptitudes and interests and then map these to the most appropriate job category in the digital economy. In the second step, the individual is directed to specific job opportunities in their chosen location. Users can also access relevant online digital skills training on this platform, where several courses are available free of cost. On completing the tests, users also receive a summary of their skills and interests that can be used on their job application.

Announcing this initiative, Sunil Sood, Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer, Vodafone India, said, “India has one of the youngest populations in the world. The vision of DigitaI India, to which we are all committed, requires an abundance of digital skills and new learnings.  Over time, every workplace will go digital, creating new roles and accelerating the demand for a wide range of specialist technology skills relevant for a digital economy.  With this programme we want to prepare 5 million young people across India to be future fit for work places of the new world.”

Over the last year, Vodafone has worked with specialist psychologists, careers advisers and training providers to develop a smartphone-based service ‘Future Jobs Finder’ that offers young individuals a simple but comprehensive gateway to new skills and opportunities for employment in the digital economy.

According to a study commissioned by Vodafone, the top appealing jobs were YouTube Blogger (26 per cent), Internet of Things product designer (18 per cent), cyber security specialist (17 per cent) and robotics engineer (15 per cent). While more than half of the youth surveyed preferred modern jobs over traditional jobs, young women also favoured modern jobs as men. According to the study, almost one in five young individual feels under-prepared for the digital economy, while more than half stated that the hardest challenge for their generation is finding a well-paid and permanent job.

 
 

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