By: Minhaz Zia, Vice President for Polycom in India, SAARC & SEA
In the age of digital transformation, it is essential to nurture digital citizenship at a very young age. By involving the industry in determining at least a part of the curricula, we can help close the gap between academia and industry
Development of digital skills is crucial for India to succeed in its e-Governance initiatives. The important skill sets that are required to ensure that the Indian workforce is well equipped to leverage the digital era are training on technologies such as the Internet of Things (IoT), machine learning, artificial intelligence (AI) and network security.
This can be achieved by:
- Training at school level: In the age of digital transformation, it is essential to nurture digital citizenship at a very young age. By involving the industry in determining at least a part of the curricula, we can help close the gap between academia and industry. In addition to this, offering specialized courses and additional training at schools and universities can ensure a robust talent pipeline and innovation-centric mindset among the young citizens in our country.
- Continuous training for employees on new technologies: New technologies are being introduced in the market all the time which is assisting employees in meeting higher demands and working faster, more flexible and more efficiently. Without necessary experience, education or knowledge on how to use the latest technologies effectively, employees can feel frustrated which can have a negative impact on their motivation and performance.
To ensure that this is avoided, it is crucial for organizations to provide training on a regular basis so that employees are aware of the new technologies and can implement it successfully.
At Polycom, we believe that it is crucial for us to train our employees on the latest technologies – this will be crucial for India’s digital journey.
We offer several development initiatives for employees and encourage them to keep up to date with the latest technology trends in the industry by providing them with access to the best training and certifications in the market through various online training platforms in areas of operating systems, embedded systems, networking, and security.
We also conduct process related summits on topics such as agile workshops and QA summits. In addition, we ensure that there are regular technology talks conducted at the company so that employees at different levels can collaborate/ideate with each other; this helps them in their career growth.