India’s first Skills MOOC will help close the skills gap for entry level finance and accounts

The launch of the first Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) for professional skills, Qualt.com, was announced today by the UK Minister for Skills, Mr. Matthew Hancock, at an event hosted by NSDC (National Skills Development Corporation).

Working in partnership with internationally recognised accrediting bodies such as AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians) and IDM (the only UK government approved awarding body in digital and direct marketing), Qualt.com brings a series of industry and job-specific, entry-level, free, professional training opportunities to India. The first course, from AAT India, will be the first Mobile MOOC in finance and accounts. Launching in March 2014, this smartphone app combines mobile technology and game playing in an interactive learning environment.

Natarajan Chandrasekaran, CEO TCS, commented ‘Skills development is essential for India’s future, and TCS is pleased to be working with AAT India, and distributing this app to our staff. ”

Ramadorai Subramanian, Chairman of both National Skills Development Agency and NSDC, welcomed the launch of the app, saying “NSDC has an ambitious target to up-skill 150 million people by 2022 and MOOCs will play an instrumental role in achieving this. AAT India’s Mobile MOOC is a great start for entry level accounting and finance skills. We look forward to supporting its launch”.

Matthew Hancock, UK Minister for Skills & Enterprise said “I am delighted to be launching Qualt.com and the AAT India mobile MOOC; MOOCs, and specifically Mobile MOOCs, are an innovative approach to addressing India’s skills shortage, and will have instant appeal to young people entering the workforce”.

Commenting on the announcement, Clare Morley, Global Development Director at AAT said: “Good financial management is essential for any business to succeed, which is why it is so important to have well-trained people looking after the finances. This is why we are delighted to be working to build skills-capacity and developing both people and the organisations in which they work.”

Michael Curry co-founder of Floream added: “AAT brings a trusted qualification framework for accounting technicians and a wealth of educational content. Smartphones, and in particular Android phones, provide a platform that is readily accessible to India’s future finance professionals. We expect this to be a powerful combination.” The AAT India Mobile MOOC will be available from March 2014 through the website (www.aatindia.org.in), the app store, and on www.Qualt.com.