Hyderabad: VMware India signed an MoU with WE Hub, a Government of Telangana initiative for women entrepreneurs, to extend VMinclusion Taara’s upskilling and return to work programme in the State. With this MoU, VMware and WE Hub aim to empower women with the skills they need to return to their dormant/ interrupted technology careers.
The aim is also to provide a platform for deeper and better networking opportunities for women in technology to be a part of the economic workforce of the State. WE Hub aims at providing a platform by enabling skill upgradation, networking opportunities and the career options for women returning to workforce in Telangana.
As part of the collaboration, WE Hub will be integrating modules on entrepreneurship as an addition to the curriculum so the various opportunities available for women planning a return to the work force can utilise.
Through VMinclusion Taara, VMware continues to work towards upskilling up to 15,000 women, by providing free technical education and certification courses on digital business transformation technology. Those who enroll will have access to courses on VMware technology (basics, intermediate and advanced certification) and become VMware Certified Professionals.
Upskilling and certification courses on cloud computing, virtualisation, and networking will help women trying to rejoin the workforce after a hiatus or for those working to build their business in this era of technology disruption.
WE Hub will help enroll women in Telangana who wish to return to the workforce, so they can get up-to-speed with the skills needed to be effective in the IT industry. Candidates will be selected for the programme on a ‘first-come-first-serve’ basis subject to meeting the criteria.
Women who are citizens of India and reside within the territorial jurisdiction of India can enroll in the programme. It is an upskilling and return-to-work programme. Any Indian woman who has not been employed with any company (whether in India or overseas) for six months or more is eligible to apply for the programme. Any woman who has completed her graduation at least six months earlier and has not yet found employment can also enroll for the programme to become a VMware-certified professional.
Since the programme is delivered online, it is self-paced and free of cost, it is easier for women on a break to complete the course based on their schedule.
Building right ecosystem
Jayesh Ranjan, principal secretary to the Government of Telangana, IT E&C said, “The Telangana Government has always been at the forefront of bringing in policies and initiatives for increased participation of women by building ecosystem enablers like WE Hub. As a state, we identify that women’s contribution to India’s GDP stands at 18 per cent, one of the lowest in the world, reflecting the fact that only 25 per cent of India’s labour force is female.”
“Mainstreaming career returns and normalising career breaks can push the needle and help reverse the trend of the declining labour force participation rate of women. It can help businesses infuse greater gender diversity in the workforces and can also have incremental influences on the state and country’s GDP,” he added.
Deepthi Ravula, CEO, WE Hub said, “In the course of our work to bring more women into entrepreneurship, we have identified the huge opportunity and potential we are missing out on due to women who have not been able to return to the workforce. While WE Hub has built a strong network, we are glad to partner with VMware, a pioneer in its diversity initiatives to reduce the skill gap. We are also including components of entrepreneurship into the course of our collaboration with Taara so we can motivate more female tech entrepreneurs.”
“VMware’s public-private sector partnership with WE Hub will encourage more women in India to successfully grow their career at a time when digital skills are more critical than ever before,” Duncan Hewett, VMware senior vice president and general manager, Asia Pacific and Japan said.