IT staffing firms will get your skills developed before finding you a job

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Up until now, IT staffing firms just had to match job-seekers with job openings. However, to up their offerings, they have now decided to launch training institutes where they would develop the skills of individuals before setting them off on their professional journey. This would help individuals with better jobs and technology firms with better talents.

As per data made available from Indian Staffing Federation, which is the apex body of flexi-staffing companies, 10 of their member firms have started providing vocational training. This has mainly happened because of a surge in demand for talent over the last one year.

"It's a single 'neck-to-choke' for employers. Employers can expect to have the right candidates onboard with the end-to-end responsibility resting on the shoulders of the staffing provider," said Rituparna Chakraborty, president of Indian Staffing Federation.

"There are 100,000 jobs vacant because of talent shortage," Mehul Shah, MD of IT staffing firm Collabera told ET. "The world is changing and is going towards disruptive technologies. In the next two years, big data alone is going to be a $40 billion industry in the US. With India being the technological hub, companies foresee greater demand here and realise the necessity of up skilled talent. This has led to a tremendous increase in requirements since last year."

For training individuals, Collabera runs a programme called TACT (Technology Academy for Competency Training). Under TACT, one can get online virtual training, online self-training and corporate training.

Once the individuals are trained, it's the work of their traditional staffing wing to offer the talent the industry requires.

"TACT is not a big revenue model compared to our staffing business," said Shah. "But this is going to boom our staffing business because it gives us an edge over the others and sells very well with customers as customers want talent," said Shah.

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