Microsoft aiming to generate 1 lakh job opportunities for disabled people
As part of the initiative called ‘Inclusion To Action’, Microsoft along with EnAble India, a non-profit organization, is planning to come up with one lakh job opportunities for persons with disabilities (PwDs).
From 1999 onwards EnAble India has been working for economic independence and dignity of PwDs.
Microsoft is aiming to bring together more than 100 organizations in India across verticals like financial services, manufacturing, retail and technology to work together on various tech skilling, mentorship, internship and employment initiatives.
A memorandum of understanding (MoU) has been signed between Microsoft and EnAble India to create an ecosystem that will bring together job seekers and providers with initiatives ranging from tech skilling and mentorship to internships and jobs.
The technical skilling programmes will help the candidates enhance their understanding of digital accessibility at a time when organisations are increasingly focusing on hybrid work strategies.
Higher representation of PwDs will also ensure inclusive product development, which can, in turn, aid technology users with disabilities, Microsoft said in a statement. Apart from this, persons with disabilities will also get access to training curriculum on modern workplace applications, which will increase their productivity.
In a statement Anant Maheshwari, President of Microsoft India said that the collaboration will help to engage multiple stakeholders from various industries to transform employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities.
“All of us now need to act with bolder ambition to empower this large untapped talent pool to achieve more,” Maheshwari said.
The collaboration between Microsoft and EnAble India follows the tech giant’s five-year global commitment to help decrease the gap in education, employment and access to technology for PwDs across the globe.
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