Indian information technology (IT) services firm Tata Consultancy Services has said that it will be rolling out a pan-Europe talent programme to help graduate trainees accelerate their careers.
Called Grow@TCS, the programme, first started in Germany in 2017 and then rolled out in the Netherlands and Hungary in 2018, consists of an onboarding period in the respective home countries with workshops on soft skills and working across different cultures.
As part of the programme, participants then travel to India, where they undergo account and industry-specific training, gaining experience at TCS’ offshore delivery centres at locations such as Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, and Thiruvananthapuram.
Following their training in India, participants will return to their home base and start project work with key European customers, the company said, adding that the trainees will benefit from being a part of an international team, and will be given ongoing support from mentors and colleagues.
Explaining the rationale behind the rollout of the programme, the company said that Europe lacks skilled information and communications technology (ICT) specialists and the demand for digitally skilled employees is growing at close to four per cent every year, which in effect has been creating a significant number of job vacancies.
ICT jobs already make up for more than 3.5% of total employment today, leaving more than 40% of employers in the European Union with the difficulty of finding people with the skills they need to transform and thrive, the company further said.
Earlier, the company had developed the IT Futures programme in 2013 to address the challenges of the digital skills gap.
The 2019 programme Grow@TCS begins on 1 September 2019 and is open to graduate students from relevant disciplines, Prithwish Ray, director, human resources, TCS Europe, said, adding that applications are open till 15 July.