Flipkart partners with LSC to bridge the skill gap in the logistics sector

Indian E-commerce giant Flipkart on Friday announced an MoU with the Logistics Skill Sector Council (LSC), an organization set up by the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) through the National Skill Development Corporation of India (NSDC) and Karnataka Skill Development Centre (KSDC).

As part of this Partnership, Flipkart has launched an industry-first Centre of Excellence (CoE) to build a skilled and trained workforce for the fast-growing e-commerce industry in India. 

Flipkart’s new CoE will be open to aspirants who want to work in the logistics industry. It will bring the spotlight on the importance of skill development for the sector and complement its growth in the coming years.

The centre will be spread across an area of 1,500 sq ft, in Bengaluru and will host new-age classrooms equipped with computers and projector-based learning for the all-round development of the candidates.

This training model which is developed in collaboration by Flipkart, LSC & Karnataka Skill Development Corporation (KSDC) will train candidates on the various nuances of storage and distribution, customer management, and material handling. Further, it will also include imparting knowledge on local transportation laws and regulations and giving students holistic knowledge of the end-to-end supply chain.

Karnataka Kaushalya Mission, which is part of the Department of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship and Livelihood, Karnataka Government, and LSC is helping mobilize aspirants for the Centre of Excellence.

The trainees will also be taught the necessary “soft skills” required to interact with customers. In addition to the above training, selected candidates will also get an opportunity to join an apprenticeship program with Flipkart under the National Apprenticeship Promotion Scheme to work on various aspects of a supply chain.

The 60-days long training will also increase the candidates’ employment prospects in the fast-growing ecommerce sector in India. Upon the completion of the training the canditates will be awarded by a certificate under the National Skill Qualification Framework (NSFQ), which will be equivalent to an undergraduate degree and will be recognized across seven countries including, Australia, Denmark, Germany, and Saudi Arabia.

Via this initiative, Flipkart aims to enhance the employability of unskilled and unemployed people and make them a part of India’s skilled and certified workforce. 

Commenting on the announcement, Amitesh Jha, Senior Vice-President and Head of Ekart, said, “As one of the leading e-commerce players in the country with an extensive and robust supply chain, we understand the importance of having a trained workforce for the long-term sustainability of the logistics industry. We are also cognisant of our responsibility towards the workforce to create further employment opportunities and ensure career progression through such initiatives. This also ties into the sustained growth e-commerce has been witnessing in India, thereby creating thousands of job opportunities across specialties, including supply chain management. We are delighted to partner with Logistics Skill Sector Council and Karnataka Skill Development Corporation for this novel initiative and share our expertise towards building a dynamic learning module for the development of this sector.”

As per Captain T.S. Ramanujam, Chairman of Logistics Skill Sector Council the logistics industry is one of the largest employers in the country with over 40 million people employed in the supply chain but faces a shortage of skilled manpower to meet the growing demand. The first-of-its-kind industry partnership with Flipkart is a bright step towards bringing industry acceptability and employment to the unskilled workforce.

Earlier in 2019, the e-commerce giant partnered with LSC to provide training to thousands of its supply chain employees. With the Centre of Excellence, the company is enhancing its partnership and contributing towards the training and development requirements of the skilled and unskilled workforce to make them industry-ready. 

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