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Upskilling: Key to individual, organizational and nation’s growth

Priyanka Anand

As technology evolves, so do the skillsets required to stay ahead in the game. To remain relevant and competitive, professionals need to constantly upgrade their skills and knowledge. The Indian technology industry is one of the fastest-growing sectors in the country. With the increasing demand for innovative technology solutions, the industry is expected to create more job opportunities in the coming years. However, with the rapid pace of technological advancements especially with 5G becoming a reality, the skills required for these jobs are also evolving. This is where upskilling comes into play.

As per a NASSCOM report on India’s tech industry talent: Demand-Supply Analysis, India is working hard to reskill its core tech workforce across industries. In FY2021, 65-70% digital talent gained by India was through reskilling. However, we need to speed up the pace to bridge the digital skill gap to take centre stage in the global tech market.

While demand shortfall in tech talent is a global phenomenon, India’s demand supply gap is at 21.1%, lowest among top tech locations like USA, China and UK. With 2.14 MN annual STEM graduate supply, India is ranked 2nd globally in this space. However, India is undergoing a massive tech transformation as all corporates, education systems and public sectors are moving towards an ‘all-digital’ era. 

With the advent of disruptive technologies such as artificial intelligence, blockchain, and the Internet of Things, the demand for professionals with specialized skills has increased. Upskilling in these areas can help individuals fill the skill gap and take advantage of new opportunities.

Moreover, upskilling is not only important for individual career growth but also for the growth of organizations and the nation as a whole. When employees acquire new skills, they bring innovative solutions to the table, which helps the company stay competitive in the market. This leads to improved business performance and ultimately contributes to the nation’s growth. Developing the tech talent will be a powerful force for positive economic impact – helping create more jobs and move the country towards greater digital transformation.

Succeeding in the Techade 

The Indian government has recognized the importance of upskilling in the technology industry – it has already termed the 2020s as the decade of tech, ‘Techade’. Various initiatives such as the Skill India program, aims to empowering youth of India through imparting skills. The program has a particular focus on the technology industry, with schemes like the Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana aimed at providing skill training to the youth. 

To succeed in the ‘Techade’, the country will need adequate talent pool for which it is critical to invest in our educational infrastructure. We must ensure that the education system is equipped to prepare students for the 5G job market. This includes updating the curriculum to include courses on emerging technologies and ensuring that teachers have the necessary skills and training to teach these courses effectively. The New Education Policy 2020 is also a significant step in this direction as it aims to transform India’s education system to meet the needs of the 21st century. The focus on developing skills such as critical thinking, creativity, and problem-solving, as well as increasing access to vocational training will boost the creation of future ready talent. 

Corporate and academia partnership 

The fact that the India has produced second-highest number of CEOs globally speaks volume of our country’s professionalism, high standards and reliability on talent. It is time for us to now accelerate on these strengths to gain a competitive edge in the global tech market. The government, private sector companies, and educational institutions must work together to develop training programs, encourage lifelong learning, and update the education system to prepare students for the 5G job market.

It is also critical that organizations ensure relevant upskilling and reskilling opportunities for their workforce to lead in the 5G era. Internal learning and development initiatives help in bridging the tech skill gap by identifying strategic skills and competencies as well as help balance the supply and demand gap. 


With the advent of 5G in India, businesses and the government are rethinking the way jobs in the tech sector can be filled. 5G will power many use cases for consumers and businesses as well as propel the digital transformation across sectors. Thus, bridging the skills gap in India is crucial to ensure that the workforce is ready to meet the challenges and opportunities presented by 5G. To manage the sheer scale of networks, requires a resilient workforce that is ready for the future. At the same time, employees must take responsibility for their growth and prepare for the future by leveraging organizational training programs, technologies, and new workplace policies. In short, they need to be the CEOs of their careers!

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