Tata Consultancy Services, India’s largest IT company, said it would set up a learning facility in Thiruvananthapuram that would be capable of training 50,000 technology professionals a year.The facility will be located on a 97-acre property in Thiruvananthapuram and would be built over an area of 6.1 million square feet and can accommodate up to 15,000 trainees at the same time, the company said in a statement.
“This iconic facility will produce world class professionals to meet the future needs of the IT industry.” N Chandrasekaran said in a statement. The facility, whose foundation stone was laid by Prime Minister Man Mohan Singh, will provide direct employment to 2000 people during the construction phase, the company said.TCS with over 285,000 employees worldwide, most of whom are based in India is the country’s private sector employer. The company has said it intends to hire about 50,000 people in FY14-15, about 25,000 of whom will be freshers. Infosys, the second-largest player in the space, has said it expects to hire upto 16,000 freshers in the same period.
IT companies have always spent months training new recruits but fast-changing technologies are increasing the level of training that is required. India alone will require at least one lakh cloud computing professionals by 2015, globally there will be a shortage of some 2 lakh data analysts by 2019, according to a study by EMC and Zinnov.
TCS said it spends over 15 million hours on learning and development programs for its employees every year. Over the last 5 years till date, the company has trained over 143,000 IT professionals in India and abroad.