ABB Teams Up With NASSCOM For Standardised Qualification for IoT Jobs

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  • The qualification packs will be promoted across the industry for the purpose of hiring, promotions and curating learning & development (L&D) programs
  • NASSCOM estimates that nearly 40 per cent of the country’s workforce needs to be reskilled if they want to work in the AI, IoT, machine learning and blockchain space

ABB, in association with the National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM), has developed a standardized qualification criterion for two IoT-related job roles. These are IoT Network Communications and IoT Cyber Security. The Qualification Packs (QPs) will define the competency standards that will provide a framework for academic institutions to design their course curriculum. It will help to better conform to industry hiring standards.

The qualification packs for the two job roles have been approved by the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC), the National Skill Development Agency (NSDA), and National Skills Qualifications Committee (NSQC). They said that the standardisation of tests will lead to the creation of skilled and certified talent for IoT from which the industry can hire the right talent for new-age jobs. It will reduce the cost of hiring and increasing the time for productivity. The QPs will be promoted across the industry for the purpose of hiring, promotions and curating learning & development (L&D) programs.

Knowledge, skills, and aptitude

Apala Ray, global cybersecurity manager, industrial automation process industries at ABB said, “An increase in implementation of cybersecurity and other disruptive technologies like IoT, AI etc, has led to an incumbent need for standardizing specialized skill sets, to ensure that the future workforce is equipped with the knowledge and awareness of the applicability that the industry demands and needs. These Qualification Packs will serve as a compass for the future workforce as well as corporates to navigate new technologies in this space and thereby, capitalize on them. We are proud to have been a key enabler in this first-of-its-kind initiative in India.”

The qualification packs have been designed by NASSCOM and ABB in association with other industry partners. It has been done after a detailed functional analysis of the level of knowledge, skills, and aptitude required for each of the job roles.

NASSCOM estimates that nearly 40 per cent of the country’s workforce needs to be reskilled if they are to work in the artificial intelligence (AI), internet of things (IoT), machine learning and blockchain spaces. The initiative will allow the government to streamline the entry of skilled personnel into the industry and achieve minimal retraining and attrition costs across companies.

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