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Skilling up!

Anshu Pande
Skilling up!

Speaking on The Global Solution to India’s Skilling Challenge, Brad Loiselle discussed the creation of self-employment. Battling difficult times as he hustled through school and college and took up numerous jobs, he talked about how his experience motivated him to look beyond the degrees mentioned in his CV and create an opportunity for himself. While addressing the problem of scarcity of jobs, he talked about how people have great resumes and PhDs but can’t get a job because they lack the fundamental skills required to do that job. “India is in a unique situation, you have lots and lots of people, not enough jobs,” he added.

According to Brad, the only way to skill the mass population that’s growing every day is through technology. He addressed the lack of facilities and quality teachers and proposed the idea of bringing top educators from around the world, under the roof of online education. Education that can be accessed within India and to everybody in India is the aim of his model. “It’s about education and delivering and access to it,” he explained.

Elaborating further, he shared, “Our model is to work around the world to bring educators together, bring all education from all different education sectors and all different depths and levels of education together to one system and then mass market it through some of our partners. We have partnered with Hindustan Times and Times of India, they are both shareholders in our company.” He put forth the idea of bringing this change not only to tier one cities but also in the rural areas through facilitated education. “A lot of rural areas don’t have technology or understand how to use that, but why not bring the facilitators to those areas to do that? We have been spending time on how to solve that problem as well,” he concluded.

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