The Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE), Government of India, has launched an AI-powered portal, known as Aatmanirbhar Skilled Employee Employer Mapping (ASEEM), to help skilled people find a sustainable livelihood, the ministry has announced recently.
According to a statement released by the Press Information Bureau, the initiative is part of the ministry’s endeavour to improve the information flow and bridge the demand-supply gap in the skilled workforce market. It said that apart from recruiting a skilled workforce, the platform has been envisioned to strengthen their career pathways by handholding them through their journeys to attain industry-relevant skills and explore emerging job opportunities, especially in the post COVID era.
Explaining about the portal, Dr. Mahendra Nath Pandey, Minister of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, said in a statement,
“The ASEEM portal has been envisioned to give a huge impetus to our persistent efforts to bridge the demand-supply gap for skilled workforce across sectors, bringing limitless and infinite opportunities for the nation’s youth. The initiative aims to accelerate India’s journey towards recovery by mapping skilled workforce and connecting them with relevant livelihood opportunities in their local communities, especially in the post COVID era.”
The portal consists of three IT-based interfaces: (1) Employer Portal – for employer onboarding, demand aggregation and candidate selection; (2) Dashboard – for reports, trends, analytics, and highlights gaps; and (3) Candidate Application – where candidates can create and track their profiles and share job suggestion.
Highlighting how the portal will bridge the demand-supply gap in the skilled workforce market, AM Naik, Chairman, National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) and Group Chairman, Larsen & Toubro Limited, said,
“Migrant labour has been severely impacted by the socio-economic fallout of the COVID pandemic. In the current context, NSDC has taken up the responsibility of mapping the dispersed migrant population around the country and providing them the means to rebuild their livelihood by matching their skill sets to available employment opportunities. The launch of ASEEM is the first step on that journey. I am confident that the real-time information ASEEM provides to both employer and employee will add value to the labour ecosystem and contribute to building the trust among the workforce, which is essential for the recovery of the economy.”
The ministry claims that the portal is aimed at supporting decision and policymaking via trends and analytics generated by the system for programmatic purposes. It said the portal will help in providing real-time data analytics to NSDC and its Sector Skills Councils about the demand and supply patterns, including industry requirements, skill gap analysis, demand per district/state/cluster, key workforce suppliers, key consumers, migration patterns and multiple potential career prospects for candidates.
As per the release statement, ASEEM will be used as a match-making engine to map skilled workers with the jobs available. The portal and app will have provision for registration and data upload for workers across job roles, sectors and geographies. The skilled workers can register their profiles on the app and can search for employment opportunities in their neighbourhood. Employers, agencies and job aggregators looking for skilled workers in specific sectors will also have the required details at their fingertips. The ASEEM portal can be accessed at smis.nsdcindia.org.