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India – LinkedIn to enter blue-collar jobs marketplace

29 September 2017

LinkedIn India has announced its partnership with IL&FS Skills Development Corporation Ltd., a vocational and employability training company, to help upskill and improve the employability of blue-collar workers and job-seekers in India.

The partnership will enable LinkedIn to bring the population of blue-collar workers online, enabling them to access training courses and opportunities. As part of the initiative, IL&FS Skills will continue to design and provide skilling modules and training and LinkedIn will help the participants find a job.

“Students will learn to leverage the placement platform of LinkedIn by learning to create a digital CV, building online profile and expanding their network by connecting with classmates, seniors, employers and instructors,” Sachin Kapoor, Head of India and South East Asia, Business Development, LinkedIn, said. “They will also have access to the classroom content online and the LinkedIn learning platform to upskill and ultimately get a job.”

"India has a massive blue-collar workforce, one that can be a game-changer for businesses and our economy. We hope that this partnership will help narrow the gap between the demand and supply of talent," Akshay Kothari, Country Manager and Head of Product at LinkedIn India, said.

The programme, launched as a pilot project, will begin this month at the IL&FS Skills Development Centre, with 400 jobseekers looking for careers in hospitality. The plan is to expand to other sectors.

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