Manipal Global, a leading international provider of quality business and marketing solutions in higher education collaborates with Salesforce, the global leader in CRM, to launch a skills initiative to build a talent pool of Trailhead certified professionals with a B2C (Business-to-Consumer) and B2A (Business-to-Academia) model. Through this initiative, Manipal Global will build a talent pool of Salesforce Trailhead qualified professionals by leveraging Manipal Global’s best practices focused on the future needs of higher education.
Recent research by International Data Corporation (IDC) cites that the Salesforce ecosystem will create 1,328,200 jobs in India by 2026. 24% of new jobs created in India in the Salesforce customer base this year leverage significant digital skills — such as using automation tools, the Internet of Things (IoT), and other complex applications. The programs offered are designed to meet the significant increase in demand for trained professionals.
V. Mohandas Pai, Chairman, Manipal Global Education Services, said,“This collaboration is a step towards closing the gap between the current educational reality and the business need, by training young learners in advanced technology skills.”
“With the post pandemic world driving digital adoption on a massive scale, the world needs a huge pool of future ready, highly skilled digital savvy employees who can work on leading edge technology platforms. With this collaboration, MAGE and Salesforce are uniquely positioned to meet the demand for future ready digital skills,” he said.
The programs will be delivered in two models. First, the B2C (Business-to-Consumer) model, which upskills professionals for their next job, will be a Certification Program targeting an audience with 0-4 years of experience will be available in India. The model will cover four modules, and Manipal Global will be providing job assistance as a value add to the certification within the Salesforce Ecosystem.
The B2C partnerships will also have curated projects and use cases that will allow the learners an intensive bootcamp experience combined with real life case studies. These will allow aspirants to qualify for aspirational jobs within the top systems integration partners as well as key end users of the Salesforce platform.
Second, under the B2A (Business-to-Academia) model that skills students for their first job, Manipal plans to introduce entry-level Developer and Admin programs in the student’s curriculum within the University’s campuses across India, and potentially Middle-east and South-Asia. With the industry-academia skill gap prevalent, Manipal aims to integrate the program in the final semester of the course curriculum providing students the opportunity to secure employer connections for internship and job opportunities designed around the platform.
The accelerated shift to the cloud has opened numerous opportunities for businesses and aspirants who wish to have fulfilling career opportunities. Most companies have re-emerged from the pandemic stronger than ever, are making profits and creating job opportunities. While opportunities are many, there is a huge mismatch in the skills the industry needs and what aspirants have to offer.
As Ravi Panchanadan,MD & CEO, Manipal Global Education Services, said, “By collaborating with Salesforce, we will work towards eliminating that skill gap. Learners will benefit from the vast experience Manipal offers in imparting quality training in professional learning and emerging technologies. This certification will future-proof their career.”
The program will be delivered in an online mode. Learning will be hands-on, with an emphasis on mastering the skills, rather than just learning them. Upon successful completion of the program, candidates will ready to appear for the Salesforce Certified Administrator & Salesforce Certified Platform Developer I product certification exams.
“COVID-19 has rapidly accelerated our planet’s gradual, decade-long migration to digital. Seismic digital-first shifts have resulted in the widening of an already large skills gap. A commitment to bridging the widening gap is fundamental to our world’s future success and prosperity,” said Arundhati Bhattacharya, CEO & Chairperson, Salesforce India.
“We are excited to be collaborating with Manipal Global Education in our endeavor to democratize digital skills, nurturing future-ready individuals and bridging the skills gap,” added Bhattacharya.