The World Economic Forum has partnered with 10 professional services firms in order to deliver a new re-skilling platform. The IT skills hub, named SkillSET, aims to help over a million workers prepare for digitalised employment by 2021.
Now more than ever, the global workforce needs to acquire new information technology skills that will keep them employable in the post-digitization landscape of future business. As the workplace utilization of automation and technologies continues to rise, the occupational landscape in nearly every industry is in the midst of a significant shift. While today’s estimates vary, a recent McKinsey & Company study suggested that more than 5% of jobs could be completely replaced by technology, while over 60% of all work activities could be automated in the next 40 years.
Despite employers becoming increasingly concerned by a digital talent gap resulting from this, as businesses face a growing need to staff their operations with tech-savvy employees, numerous reports suggest that such a skill-gap is set to grow rather than shrink in coming years. While staff in institutions such as the British Civil Service say that their employers are taking enough action to address this gap, in firms which are making an effort, high numbers of staff feel that their company’s training efforts are either “useless or boring”, meaning that the gap may continue to grow.
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