In a recent survey conducted by BridgeLabz Solutions LLP it was revealed that a majority of women participants face challenges in landing tech jobs due to a lack of hands-on experience for coding (40%) and are low on confidence (33%), while these figures stood at 38% and 31% for men.
The survey was conducted on 2300+ engineering graduates pan-India.
Amongst the participants, fewer women (27%) than men (31%) stated that they aren’t well versed with the emerging tech platforms and languages which are required to crack the interviews and tests. This is indicative of the fact that more women than men have the knowledge but still lack the practical experience needed to execute it.
Narayan Mahadevan, Founder, BridgeLabz said, “The major solution lies in revamping the syllabus as per industry requirements, in a manner that makes it dynamic with the changing tech trends."
He further added that how experiential learning is the key to unlocking the true potential of engineering talent in India, not only in making them employable but to convert them into active contributors from day one on the job.
"This has been our constant endeavour at BridgeLabz and, with the findings of our surveys, we hope to encourage other stakeholders in the ecosystem to introduce similar formats centred on practical exposure," shared Mahadevan.
While skilling is one of the key focus areas for India, there are several challenges of skill development in the Asian country. As World Economic Forum highlights there have been three major challenges to skills development in India: expanding public sector collaboration with industry and the private sector, creating pathways for international mobility and addressing women’s low participation in the labour force.
Interestingly, the lack of available engineering talent in the job market has led many IT companies to broaden the scope of their hiring. What has helped them in recruiting candidates with varied educational backgrounds is the prevalence of low-code, no-code platforms, which allow software developers and coders with limited skillsets in coding and computer languages. As learning in the flow of work is the trend of the new era of work more and more companies should increasingly start hiring for potential and train the talent on the job.
The two factors, confidence and lack of practical skills, holding most of the engineering talent back, will also be addressed with this approach.