Digiskills is an initiative from Digirank that aims to deliver digital skills alongside techniques for managing life and work. The digital skills industry, often referred to as online outsourcing has opened countless of new possibilities for knowledge workers across the globe by enabling them to provide their services remotely to clients. By leveraging ICT technologies, a new on-demand economy is being created, where professional activities broken into discrete assignments are offered to a virtual cloud of aspiring workers.
Digiskills Government’s Initiative to Create Job Market in Pakistan
Why Digiskills Matter in 21st Century?
This online outsourcing industry takes individuals having necessary and relevant skills required to complete these temporary assignments and project or contract-based work. Millions of individuals around the world are tapping into the opportunity and earning money while working from the comfort of their homes. This trend is expected to grow as the creative destruction caused by fourth industrial wave continues to disrupt business processes and models.
The Scope of Digital Skills for Pakistanis
Pakistan is the world’s fourth largest provider of online freelancers. The estimated registered number of online freelancers ranging in several hundreds of thousands. Most of the work done is for international clients; therefore money earned by them is brought into the country, mainly as foreign remittances. with its large population, increasing internet connectivity, broadband penetration, young and educated youth, thousands of IT graduates and million-plus enrolled university students, Pakistan can increase the number of freelancers manifold. This will help bring invaluable foreign exchange into the country, and more importantly, reduce unemployment as the number of fresh graduates passing out every year is a lot more than the number of new jobs created.
DigiSkills, A Signature Online Training Platform for All
Ministry of Information Technology and Telecom — through Ignite — organized an event in Islamabad for the induction of the first batch of its flagship program, DigiSkills. Being Pakistan’s largest online, free training program, this aims to equip a million people across the country with digital skills to help prepare them for the future of work. These courses are designed by local industry leaders and experts in collaboration with online learning veterans at Virtual University, execution partners including MCOM, Epiphany, Semiotics and Information Architects. There are a total of seven batches planned under the program. The first batch of which will start from August 1, 2018.
The Scope of DigiSkills
The program aims at not only developing key specialized skills. But also imparting knowledge about various freelancing and other employment and entrepreneurial opportunities available internationally and locally. Due to limited employment opportunities, it is essential for upcoming workforce to have necessary knowledge and abilities to grab such opportunities.
Course for First Batch of DigiSkills:
- Digital Marketing
- e-Commerce Management
- Digital Literacy
DigiSkills Courses 2018:
- SEO (Search Engine Optimization)
- Graphics Design
- Creative Writing.
How to Register for DigiSkills?
The training courses are available at a user-friendly web portal and a comprehensive online Learning Management System at all times. Students can register in their desired courses free of cost. They can also learn online through video lectures at their own convenience and pace. An online mechanism developed to engage students and track their performance through intelligent assessment. To register, interested individuals can log on to Digiskills.pk.
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