How Infosys (INFY) Is Planning To Reskill The American Workforce

By Amit Chowdhry ● July 23, 2020
  • Next-generation digital services and consulting company Infosys Ltd (NYSE: INFY) has announced a consortium in partnership with pymetrics to help reskilling Americans.

Next-generation digital services and consulting company Infosys Ltd (NYSE: INFY) has announced a consortium in partnership with pymetrics – which is a leader in fair talent matching – that brings together training partners Merit America, Per Scholas, Revature, and Woz Enterprise. The consortium is going to utilize Infosys Wingspan and pymetrics’ AI-based talent-matching platform to meet the reskilling and employment needs surfaced by the COVID-19 crisis in America.

Reskill and Restart — which is powered by Infosys Wingspan — takes job seekers on a journey, starting with aptitude and skills assessment and followed by curated job-specific skills training. Then it culminates in matching them with available positions. And the consortium of partners has created new pathways for talent to transition from traditional jobs across various industries and workstreams to digital and operations jobs of the future. Plus the program enables employers — who are scaling up to review the available talent pool for the right match and hire them while they undergo rapid and job-specific reskilling on this integrated multi-stakeholder platform.

Infosys’ Wingspan platform will utilize the pymetrics AI-based talent-matching platform — which delivers native aptitude assessment and skills gap analysis via Burning Glass as well as the training material from the consortium partners alongside Infosys’ own digital programs and courses to provide a comprehensive experience for job seekers. And the courses provided will allow COVID-19 impacted job seekers to find and gain skills that are in demand in today’s job market. Plus the platform will also allow American companies (in any industry) to find and hire talent as well as explore reskilling opportunities for their current workforce.

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“Infosys has always invested in and promoted lifelong learning, and the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has made radical reskilling an even more urgent priority for job seekers and employers alike. We are excited to partner with leaders in the skills assessment, training, and apprenticeship space to leverage our Wingspan platform and provide opportunities for Americans to grow their skills and find relevant employment opportunities. We are intensely focused on creating job opportunities in the U.S., and this solution demonstrates our broader commitment to American workers and the U.S. economy.”

— Ravi Kumar, President at Infosys

“Jobs held by women and people of color have been disproportionately affected by COVID-19 and pymetrics sees this coalition as an opportunity to radically level the playing field for getting these communities back to work. Our talent matching engine uncovers individuals’ cognitive, emotional, and social aptitudes, reveals opportunities for skill enhancement via our integration with Burning Glass, and marries that understanding with personalized recommendations for training and jobs. The approach is unlike any other on the market today because it focuses on potential, not pedigree, and we believe it can be instrumental in helping these displaced and disadvantaged employees get back to work.”

— Frida Polli, PhD, CEO and co-founder, pymetrics

“The Revature family is honored to invest in people and communities around the U.S. in partnership with the Infosys Reskill and Restart program. Creating opportunity for all to participate in the most vibrant parts of our economy should be our collective priority as a nation. We are confident that our world-class training, utilized by blue-chip companies throughout the U.S., will provide life-changing professional opportunities for these individuals.”

— Ashwin Bharath, CEO at Revature

“Skills training organizations will be key to enabling businesses to recover from the economic damage caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. It is critically important that job seekers have the resources they need to develop the in-demand skills necessary to compete in the post-COVID digital economy. Per Scholas’ partnership with Infosys will provide employees a unique platform to build these skills, as well as a steady pipeline of talent for employers.”

— Plinio Ayala, CEO at Per Scholas

“Woz Enterprise has been working closely with partners like Infosys to find innovative ways to rethink how training can be done. To put Americans back to work we need to provide solutions that include rapid upskilling for those who want a technology job but have never worked in technology before. This is at the heart of the apprenticeship programs and training solutions we are developing to ensure we are in lock-step with business needs and are fulfilling our core mission of creating a swiftly evolving and essential technology workforce pipeline that not only puts people back to work, but provides a much more diverse population of talent than ever before.”

— Jacob Mahew, CEO of Woz Enterprise (a division of Woz U)

“In the past few months, tens of millions of Americans have filed for unemployment benefits. Today’s challenge is about more than getting Americans back to work: it’s about creating pathways to higher-paying, more resilient careers, in order to build a more equitable future as the economy recovers. Merit America prepares low-wage Americans for skilled careers at scale, and we’re thrilled to see Infosys step up in this time of need. Through our partnership, we hope to prepare low-income adults for recession-resilient careers aligned to employer demand.”

— Connor Diemand-Yauman, co-CEO of Merit America