13 June 2019, India:
Capgemini today launched its Digital Academy initiative in India. This program is focused on digital inclusion aimed to reintegrate a wide range of people from marginalized backgrounds.
In this first phase in India, two Digital Academies are being setup: a non-residential and co-ed center in Mumbai and an all woman residential center in Pune. Capgemini has partnered with Pratham Infotech Foundation to implement the program and Simplon.Co , for content, knowledge and pedagogy.
Capgemini will play an advisory role through its Human Resources (HR) teams and subject matter experts (SMEs) to validate training curricula and pedagogy and ensure that the candidates are trained in competences corresponding to needs of the job market, the company said in a statement.
The Mumbai and Pune Digital Academies will initially focus on training 100 unemployed youth in future skills; 50 in each city. The technical courses will include coding, web development, and SQL (Standard Query Language).
Additionally, soft skills will be imparted to the participants to ensure they are job ready. The length of each training program is around 500 hours. Every successful participant will be awarded a diploma certified by Capgemini and partners.
Ashwin Yardi, CEO, Capgemini in India and member of the Group Executive Committee, said, “The two Digital Academy centers reinforce our commitment to drive equal opportunity and leverage our expertise as a technology company to bring individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds into the mainstream job market.”
Ashwin Yardi, added, “The women-only center in Pune reflects a critical pillar of our strategic focus to embrace and enable diversity so that women are an integral part of the workforce.”
Thierry Delaporte, Chief Operating Officer of the Capgemini Group, said, “At Capgemini, we are convinced that technology has an inclusive and positive role to play in our societies. The breadth and depth of our skillsets means we are equipped to be architects of positive futures.”
Thierry Delaporte, added, “Our Groupwide focus on digital inclusion will enable us to mobilize our collective passion, connections and expertise to support individuals with the digital skills they need to sustain themselves in the new world shaped by the digital revolution.”
With the aim to reintegrate a wide range of people from marginalized backgrounds, Capgemini has opened Digital Academies and similar digital inclusion initiatives in a number of countries around the world including North America, Spain, The Netherlands, UK, and soon in Germany.
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