KVTSDC, IBM join hands to help rural jobseekers

BANGALORE: Karnataka Vocational Training and Skill Development Corporation (KVTSDC) has joined hands with IBM to develop a ‘Smarter Employability Platform’ using the company’s mobile and cloud technologies.

As part of the project, IBM would create a platform to effectively connect job seekers and job providers along with training and certification agencies in employability marketplaces accessible through mobile phones in local and vernacular languages.

Job seekers would thus be able to find available jobs and apply for the same, while understanding job trends, and also refer opportunities to their friends: all through mobile phones, an IBM official said.

“Similarly, job providers can post jobs, increase their reach, find matching candidates, connect with trainers, and track latest trends through mobile phones and web channels,” he said.

KVTSDC and IBM signed an MoU for creation of the platform, in the presence of Karnataka Labour Minister BN Bachegowda and Director of IBM Research India & Chief Technologist, IBM India/South Asia, Manish Gupta.

The project would leverage technologies from IBM, including ‘Spoken Web’, a voice-based equivalent of the World Wide Web designed to provide information of value to rural and semi-urban people through their mobiles or landlines in local languages.

A mobile crowd-sourcing platform would enable people to offer opportunities to each other, provide referrals, and drive rapid dissemination of available opportunities.

Moreover, skill-matching techniques would be used to match job seekers with available jobs while employability analytics would allow employers and the government to understand demand and supply trends.

The employability marketplace would run on the IBM Cloud providing a pay-as-you-go model and elastic scaling.

In the first phase of the proposed project, the platform would be implemented in Mandya and Bijapur districts; it would be expanded to eight more districts of Karnataka in the second phase.

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