The engineering sector has been through a phase of being a popular career choice to that of a saturated market. While the number of engineers passing out every year increases, the lack of skills amongst the talent pool and increasing shift towards automation is disrupting the engineering ecosystem in India. According to the HRD Ministry, over 1.5 million students pass out of engineering courses every year. And yet, not all of them are guaranteed jobs. The employability of Indian engineers continues to be painfully low with more than 80% engineers unemployable for any job in the knowledge economy, revealed the National Employability Report Engineers, 2019.
Work ethics, attitude, communication skills, emotional intelligence and a whole host of another personal imputes are the ones that are crucial for deciding career success. But for some reason, the importance of these soft skills is often undervalued, and there are far less emphasis and training provided for them than the hard skills. These soft skills inspire high performance and enhance workplace culture. An overlooked behaviour towards these skills is one of the major reasons why engineering graduates in India still lag on the employability front.
Below are 5 Indian start-ups that are becoming career accelerators for engineers and helping them navigate this gap and find well-paying jobs in the industry-
1. Newton School
Newton School is an online fullstack training platform that allows software developer aspirants, regardless of their educational background, in fulfilling their dreams of getting placed in Tier-l companies. Newton School charges zero upfront fees for their programme and the students are only supposed to pay when they get an offer of more than 6 LPA. Being awarded the Best Online Skill Provider of the year 2020, Newton School has become one of the fastest growing edtech platforms with an aim to transform India into a global developer powerhouse through a highly personalised training programme. With their unique pay after placement online platform Newton School democratises software development training and allows people to cross financial and location barriers to achieve their dream of becoming a great software developer. By providing candidates with hands-on experience in the latest technologies via industry-engineered projects, it enables graduates to emerge as highly skilled software developers on par with any in the world.
Chennai-based Skill Lync is among education startups that are focussed on getting people jobs. Specifically, this startup offers courses for engineers to help them gain the skills needed to get mechanical engineering jobs. The company is confident enough to offer programs such as its Hybrid Electric Vehicle program that offer a full refund if those who complete the course don’t get a job. This razor sharp focus has helped Skill Lync get into Y Combinator in the US, which is the one of the world’s most sought-after startup accelerators. The company works on a flat fee approach with an option to pay in installments and eventually aims to be an online engineering college that appeals to both engineering students and those looking to switch careers.
3. Carrom School
Carrom School is a flexible career accelerator with mentorship and tutoring for software engineers in India to restart their career as a remote developer. They have a carefully designed flexible course that helps the learners improve their web development skills, communication, and collaboration, and helps in finding a remote job in a company with a great culture, good compensation, and benefits. With a vision to bring equal opportunity to the talents who are spread across the world, Carrom School plans to expand into other developing countries as well. The entire course takes place remotely and the users need to pay only if you get a job offer within 6 months of completing the course with a compensation of more than 12LP.
Mumbai based Bridgelabz is an AWS recognized Incubator focused on solving the tech employability challenge. It is a live Lab environment nurturing Fresh Engineers through Startups for Tech Companies at Zero Cost. With a mission to fulfill the aspiration of fresh engineers to find jobs, tech companies to have qualified fresh talent, senior engineers to co-found startups & seasoned professionals to develop ideas, BridgeLabz aims to solve the problem of low employability of engineers in India, by expanding the employability pool with its ‘Maker Program’. It provides custom-trained talent to tech companies based on their specific tech landscape requirements and is the first organization to claim 100 per cent guaranteed job placement to engineers on emerging technologies.
Unacademy is one of India’s largest learning platforms. According to the company data, in a span of 6 months, over 300,000 students have benefited from over 2,400 online lessons and specialised courses on cracking various competitive examinations. They have on board some of the top educators in the country, including Kiran Bedi, India’s first woman IPS officer and the Governor of Pondicherry. With over 2 million views every month, Unacademy is touching the lives of people in the remotest corners of the country. Their success stories include thousands of students who have cracked toughest of examinations, improved their ability to speak and write better and increase their knowledge. With a vision to partner with the brightest minds, the company aims to empower the youth of the country to take on the world in a manner that classrooms will never do.