BetterPlace Safety Solutions Pvt Ltd, an online platform focused on the blue-collar workforce has launched SkillConnect, a digital platform to bridge the gap between demand and supply for blue collars skilled workforce.
Pravin Agarwala, Co-founder & CEO, BetterPlace stated, “We are seeing that employers are facing a severe shortage of skilled manpower, especially in the high growth sectors like logistics, facility management, security services, on-demand services, schools, etc. Meanwhile, the training institutes are looking for opportunities to place their trained and certified candidates. SkillConnect would be digital bridge to help connect the two sides. We are already seeing a demand for 20 Lakh candidates in the next 12 months based on current hiring trends of our customers. The total demand would be more than 2 Crore in the next 12 months.”
SkillConnect will work as a digital bridge to address the gap between demand and supply of blue-collar jobs pan India. Currently, the training institutes are skilling candidates based on a fixed curriculum, who then start looking for a job matching with their skills. This doesn’t result in high employment as the industry demand is constantly evolving. SkillConnect aims to make the platform demand driven so that the training institutes already know the job roles available in the market in a quantifiable manner and train the manpower accordingly.
SkillConnect aims to onboard one-lakh employers over the next 18 months, Pravin added.
The startup which was founded in 2015 by Pravin Agarwala and Saurabh Tandon raised $3 Mn in a Series-A funding round from 3one4 Capital, and existing investors Venture Highway and Unitus Ventures in May this year. It provides a digital platform for managing the lifecycle of blue-collar employees, like onboarding, background verification, training, assessment & certification, among other services and claims to have around 1,000+ customers.