IT brings new-age tools to the class to train freshers

IT brings new-age tools to the class to train freshers

MUMBAI: Heard of Millennial Garage, hackathons and podcasts? Well, these are training programmes that technology outsourcers like Tata Consultancy Services, Infosys and Capgemini are using to keep thousands of campus hires industry-ready and engaged at a time when clients have deferred spending, leading to a business slowdown.

Due to the ongoing lockdown, companies have not been able to train freshers at their sprawling techcampuses using traditional methods. Instead, they have scheduled non-traditional training programs remotely, adding new elements to their skilling initiatives.

These firms collectively hired over 50,000 freshers last year. Capgemini, for instance, is using its Millennial Garage program to make freshers build tools in collaboration with the company’s global team for Covid-19 related technology projects. Work From Home Analytics, Covid-19 Impact Assessment and Demand Sensing are some of the tools being built under the program by trainees. Mukesh Jain, chief technology and innovation officer for Data Insights, said the programme provides freshers an opportunity to work on new technologies during their initial months before they are assigned on projects.

Capgemini has started a podcast series where senior members of the leadership team speak about the new skills they have learnt and about leaders who have shaped their careers.

TCS, on its part, has been using hackathons to keep newbies interested and deployed on client projects.

Milind Lakkad, global head, human resources at TCS said, “We are engaging with them and deepening their learning. We conducted a virtual hackathon recently where 6,000 candidates participated.”

At Infosys, case trainees who have completed basic training on the company’s digital learning platform are being made part of active learning projects, hackathons and mentoring efforts, according to Richard Lobo, executive VP and head HR.

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