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India’s Workforce Invests in Upskilling

Research from Great Learning finds that employees in India are looking to acquire AI, machine learning, and data science skills to help improve their chances for career growth and stability.

By Maggie Mancini

Great Learning, a leading global education technology company for professional training, has released its third Upskilling Trends Report summarising the learning trends observed through the company’s programmes in India over the past year. The report finds that 79% of professionals highlight upskilling as necessary for future-proofing their careers in 2025. Upskilling is particularly important among professionals with more than 17 years of experience, with 92% of respondents agreeing.  

Professionals working in engineering or IT consider upskilling crucial for them. At the same time, job retention confidence is plummeting to 62% among Indian professionals amidst disruptions to the technology sector and other economic conditions, the report finds.  

Most (85%) Indian professionals plan to invest in upskilling in 2025, with an 18% increase in demand for upskilling opportunities among entry-level workers. The intent to upskill is particularly high among professionals in manufacturing, engineering, and capital goods, with professionals seeking additional skills in data science, AI, and machine learning.  

Career growth within their organisation remains the top reason why workers are looking to upskill (39%), followed by personal interest (17%), fear of skills becoming outdated (15%), and employer expectations (13%).  

“Since last year, challenging economic conditions and an unstable geopolitical situation have made it difficult for many businesses to access capital and expand profitably,” says Hari Krishnan Nair, co-founder of Great Learning. “To stay competitive in this dynamic environment, continuous learning and upskilling are crucial to adapt and evolve.”  

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