IT cos outsource freshers training

Written by Kirtika Suneja | Diksha Dutta | Diksha Dutta | New Delhi | Updated: Oct 15 2011, 15:24pm hrs
To resolve the problem of employability and reduce the evergrowing training costs of freshers, industry majors like IBM and Cognizant have started training students right from their days at engineering college.

This is to ensure an employable fresher with special skills when he is ready to join the $70 billion IT industry. Though the training may or may not get them jobs in top companies, it definitely increases chances of getting a job in the tech sector and also increases the placement rate of tier-II and tier-III institutes like Punjab Technical University, Apeejay College of Engineering and Noida Institute of Engineering.

The training starts from the fourth semester itself and the students are certified in the fourth semester. These skills are as niche as software testing, which are not considered as very high-end jobs in the industry as they make engineers eligible for a salary ranging from R12,000-20,000. By the time these students graduate from college, they are ready to be on the job.

Sample this: Cognizant, the countrys third largest software exporter hired 600 students trained on software testing from tier-II and tier-III institutes, claims QAI, a consulting and workforce development organisation which trains students on such skills as and when demanded by different tech majors. QAI has trained 4,000 engineers overall on software testing till now. At present, the country produces only 3,000 testers, but the nation will soon need 25,000-30,000 testers each year.

Companies are in constant need for skilled engineers and they are also ready to give conditional offer letters to students, depending on their need. We train the students as per the demand of tech majors, said Mohandas Menon, vice-president, Education QAI.

Once trained, these students have a better chance to clear the interviews of companies like IBM and Cognizant.

More than 90% of the students trained by us get a job within the industry. This automatically increases the conversion rate of campus placements in tier II and tier III institutes, added Menon.

Himanshu Goyal, country manager, IBM Career Education corroborated, Today, the industry faces a challenge in training employees on righteous skills like software testing. We are helping students getting trained on such skills in collaboration with QAI. And if we have a requirement for such talent, IBM would definitely consider these trained students for a job with IBM.

The co-designed programmes by QAI and IBM Career Education will be offered on campus across India as a blended learning programme supported by world class courseware and internationally certified faculty members.

Research firm Everest attributes this trend to the recession which led to the pruning of delivery layers deployed by most service providers. Firms shifted as much as 20% of their offshore headcount to tier-II and tier-III cities which helped them provide lower pricing without sacrificing margins.