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LinkedIn focuses on upskilling blue-collar workers

Founder said the company has done some experiments with blue collar jobs in the US

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The logo for LinkedIn Corporation, a social networking website for people in professional occupations, is pictured in Mountain View, California
The logo for LinkedIn Corporation, a social networking website for people in professional occupations, is pictured in Mountain View, California

Professional networking firm has seen "extremely healthy" growth in India and is now working towards bringing blue-collar jobs onto its platform to further expand its offerings, its co-founder today said.

LinkedIn, which has over 500 million members, counts India as its second-largest user base with over 42 million users. The platform allows employers and job-seekers to connect with each other.


today announced its partnership with Development Corporation Ltd (IL&FS Skills) to help upskill and improve the employability of and job-seekers in the country.

"The growth in India is tremendous and the way we measure our success, the growth in India is extremely healthy. Moving into the blue-collar space is something we know we need to do to be successful here in India," Blue told PTI.

He explained that India has employers of various sizes, right from global companies to small and medium and that they need have a variety of skill requirements.

"traditionally has focused on white-collar jobs...this is an opportunity for to understand and work with those companies who are interested in hiring all throughout the skills sector," he said.

Blue said the company has done some experiments with in the

The partnership with will offer a great scope to learn that can be taken to other parts of the world, he added.

Under the programme, will design and provide skilling modules and training environment, while will help the students find a job.

Through an interface powered by LinkedIn, the students will be able to create a profile, access learning content, build their network by connecting with classmates, seniors and instructors and get a job.

An initial batch of 400 people will be trained in the The programme will be extended to other industries later.

"India has a massive blue-collar workforce, one that can be a game-changer for businesses and our 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 India, said.

Ministry of And Entrepreneurship Secretary K P Krishnan said skilled wage premium has been absent in India, primarily a result of information asymmetry.

"I have no way of signalling I am a qualified skilled person to a potential employer. hugely helps in addressing this asymmetry," he added.

First Published: Mon, September 25 2017. 19:01 IST
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