Indian Group Holds Standardized Tests For Job Seekers In Outsourcing Industry

Aiming to create a continuous supply of talented employees, NASSCOM initiates national assessment and certification program.

The National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM), a trade body for the IT software and service industry in India, announced Wednesday the national rollout of the NASSCOM Assessment of Competence (NAC) with the government of Rajasthan. The test will be held in the cities of Jaipur and Ajmer on November 18.

The NAC is a national assessment and certification program aimed at creating a robust and continuous supply of talent by turning the “trainable” workforce into an “employable workforce.”

According to NASSCOM, only about 25 percent of technical graduates and 10 to 15 percent of general college graduates are suitable for employment in the offshore IT and BPO industries, respectively.

The goal of the NAC is to provide insight into the training and development needs of talent, thus helping governments, companies and universities develop training initiatives and programs.

The national rollout of the NAC follows a successful August 2005 pilot, which tested 6000 candidates.

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