Vodafone launches world’s largest international future jobs programme to help 5 million youth in India

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On 20th March, 2018 Vodafone announced the launch of a pioneering international future jobs’ programme, “What will you be?”, for providing 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.

Vodafone has developed, along with the landmark initiative, Future Jobs Finder – a new online platform accessible to each and every youth for career guidance, access to relevant trainings, and search meaningful jobs in the digital economy globally. Log on to https://futurejobsfinder.vodafone.com/ to explore a world of digital skills and opportunities across the world.

Vodafone future jobs programmeHow “Future Jobs Finder” works

  1. The first step in the Future Jobs Finder 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.
  2. 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.
  3. On completing the tests, users also receive a summary of their skills and interests that can be used on their C.V. or in a job application.

Highlights

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.”

Vodafone commissioned YouGov, to take the opinion of 6,000 18-24 year olds in 15 countries, on their future career aspirations and concerns.

YouGov-The State of iGen Survey – India findings

  • Almost one in five young people surveyed said they lack the skills to do any job at all – 18%
  • Almost one in five young people feel under-prepared for the digital economy – 8%
  • Over half said the hardest challenge for their generation is finding a well-paid, permanent job – 51%
  • Over half youth surveyed preferred modern jobs over traditional jobs – 52%. Young women equally favour modern jobs as men
  • 5 of the top 10 appealing jobs were contemporary career paths – including Youtube Blogger (26%), Internet of Things Product Designer (18%), Cyber Security Specialist (17%) and Robotics Engineer (15%)

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