Flipkart Signs MoU with KSDC to Accelerate Skill Development

Bengaluru: Flipkart on Saturday signed a memorandum of understanding with the Karnataka Skill Development Corporation (KSDC) to launch the Supply Chain Operations Academy (SCOA) statewide. The initiative aims to help build a pool of qualified supply chain operations expertise while providing training and industry knowledge. This will help bridge the skills gap and provide job opportunities in the country’s booming supply chain sector.

The Memorandum of Understanding was signed on the sidelines of the Conclave Industry Connect – Logistics Sector, in the presence of Dr CN Ashwathnarayan, Minister of Higher Education, IT and BT, Science and Technology, Development Skills, Entrepreneurship and Livelihoods, S. Selvakumar, Principal Secretary, Department of Skills Development, Entrepreneurship and Livelihoods, Government of Karnataka and Ashwin Gowda, Chief Executive – KSDC. As part of the MoU, Flipkart and KSDC will work together to mobilize and train youth in the state.

According to a recent study by BCG and the Dell Foundation, the gig economy has the potential to create up to 90 million jobs in India’s non-farm sector and add 1.25% to GDP. of the country in the long term. Large-scale training and development projects, particularly in the e-commerce logistics sector, would be needed to create a pool of talented individuals experienced in various facets of supply chain management.

“As one of the fastest growing economies in the world, with a significant proportion of our population under the age of 35, there is a need to ensure that this young population is properly qualified to complement the growing economy of the country and can unleash its true potential. Through the Supply Chain Operations Academy, we aim to provide a wise mix of online and on-the-job training for the healthy development of the workforce,” said Krishna Raghavan, HR Manager, Flipkart.

Ashwin Gowda said skills development and skills certification are both necessary to secure employment in the formal economy. “India’s logistics industry is emerging as one of the country’s largest employers, but faces a shortage of skilled labor to meet the growing demand. We appreciate Flipkart’s commitment contributing to the training and development requirements of the skilled and unskilled workforce and making them industry ready,” he adds.

Valerie J. Wallis