French technology consultancy Capgemini has opened digital academies in Mumbai and Pune, India, to train unemployed graduates in technology skills.
The academies will train at least 100 people this year, and more than 1,400 by the end of 2020, the company said.
Skills to be taught at the schools include coding, web development, and SQL, in addition to soft skills designed to prepare participants to take up jobs in IT firms.
“We are convinced that technology has an inclusive and positive role to play in our societies,” stated Thierry Delaporte, the company’s CEO.
The IT consultancy runs similar academies in Morocco, Spain, the Netherlands, North America and the UK, with a center slated to open in Germany soon. In France, it also co-founded La Grande École du Numérique (GEN) to offer digital training to disadvantaged young people.
Capegemini had previously said it planned to fill vacant senior positions in its global offices with Indian technology talent.
Capgemini has invested a large sum of money in India’s technology talent pool over the past few years.
Two years ago, it initiated a mammoth task of reskilling its staff in the country in new technologies.
More than a half of Capgemini’s global workforce is based in India, with the outsourcer running delivery centers in just about every major city across the country, and its headcount is expected to grow with plans to hire 10,000 graduates from the country’s major technology schools by the end of this year.