Simplilearn sees pick up in startups signing up on its platform to build tech talent


Edtech company Simplilearn has seen an uptick in enrollments of startups that want to train their employees in emerging digital and new-age technology skills at a time when the pandemic has accelerated the pace of digitisation across organisations.

To make this model available to early-stage companies for scaling their tech team, Simplilearn is offering them and other similar startups a free pilot programme.

“This is one of the most challenging times for start-ups to build tech talent as there is a war for tech talent. Start-ups have to think out of the box to expand their team to realise their dream of building the best in class product,” said Krishna Kumar, founder and CEO, Simplilearn.

Some of the larger start-ups like Flipkart, Swiggy, and Myntra are using Simplilearn’s platform to train their employees on specific skills, the company said in a press release. There has also been a tremendous interest from early-stage start-ups who have raised series A or series B for customised 5-7 week fresh hire onboarding programmes, the release said. Most of the demand is for emerging skill areas like full stack development, cloud computing, data science and analytics.

Until recently, demand for such programmes to augment in-house tech talent came mostly from large companies, the company said in the release.

In general, the hiring process at start-ups follows the “just in time” and “no time to train” guidelines—quite different from the traditional hiring process at larger firms who implement standardised programmes like the “fresh hire onboarding programme”. However, the current reality has pushed start-ups to rethink their fresh hiring strategies and look at tying up with skilling platforms. These programmes focus on training and enabling new hires with digital and new-age technology skills, making them role ready.


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