Sonu Sood’s Job App For Migrants Get Rs 250 Crore Funding From Singapore; 10 Lakh Already Registered!
Entire country has witnessed how Actor Sonu Sood has been doing whatever he can do in his capacity in order to help thousands of stranded migrant laborers by arranging buses and flights, after finding out that central government’s efforts were falling short.
In July 2020, on his birthday, he went on to take another initiative for the welfare of migrant workers, wanting to assist them to earn their livelihoods by applying to the suitable jobs offered on the “Pravasi Rojgar” website as well as app.
This online platform has over 500 reputed companies across various sectors like apparel, BPOd, construction, e-commerce, engineering and logistics etc. The registered workers will also be provided specific job training like spoken english etc.
The joint venture
Goodwork, Temasek’s job search portal for blue collared workers has recently formed a joint venture with Pravasi Rojgar and also invested 250 Crore Rupees(34 Million $). This announcement was made on Wednesday. Temasek is also one of the leading investors in various other large Indian technology startups such as Pine Labs, Zomato, Ola etc.
It was launched in partnership with edtech and skilling company Schoolnet India(formerly IL&FS Education and Technology Services). This initiative will make the job search more efficient and also credentials authentic and relevant to various employers.
Beyond the job search
The partnership with Goodwork, widens the scope and goes beyond just job matching and forays into education, skilling, technology.
The aim of Pravasi Rojgar is to reach and bring 10 crore Indians under its canopy of service offering and not just provide them the access of good jobs but also help them in career progression through upskilling services, which then would be followed by financial, healthcare and social security services.
According to Betterplace – a digital platform for lifecycle management of the blue collar staff for hiring, onboarding, verifying, upskilling, attendance tracking etc. – almost 14 lakh blue collar jobs would be created in 2020 out of which 80 % will be in the gig economy. Their job report also states that the economy is recovering fast and job opportunities are going to see a tremendous uptick especially in tier 2 and tier 3 cities. It also goes on to state that Bangalore along with other metros like Hyderabad, Delhi, Mumbai are going to generate 70% of demand.
As the fear subsides and the want to work in order to earn a living takes a front seat, workers are returning to the workforce. However when it comes to considering a job, visibility of guaranteed income and healthcare insurance cover are the most important in the minds of the migrant workforce.