The transition to automation threatens to put millions of people out of work and many companies are focusing on the sectoral education of their employees
With world technology that improves and always achieves new goals, the transition to automation threatens to put millions of people out of work. Much manual work, in fact, are already performed by robots in a more efficient and faster way.
It is estimated that by 2022, roughly 75 million jobs worldwide will be lost, and for this reason Southeast Asia is seeking to increase the digital skills of its workers.
With education there could be the creation of 133 million new jobs
Another important help for Southeast Asian workers comes from the World Economic Forum think tank, whic announced on Monday its “Asean Digital Skills Vision 2020” initiative to improve the technological capacity of the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) with training, funds for scholarships, internships and shaping the curricula of technology and computing courses, among other measures.
Companies are aware of this need for employee renewal and Cisco, Grab, Lazada Group, Sea Group and Tokopedia are already training their employees. Google leads the pack, with a pledge to train 3 million small-to-medium-size enterprise employees across Asean.
Ministers from countries such as Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore and Vietnam also pledged to join the initiative
Justin Wood, the forum’s Asia-Pacific head, said at a news conference said there are lots of exciting developments in Southeast Asia surrounding the digital field which point to a “vibrant economy emerging,” but the level of skills among workers in the digital field “is not as good as it needs to be to capture this digital opportunity.”
In September, the World Economic Forum issued a report saying that more than half of all workplace tasks will be carried out by machines by 2025. It estimated that by 2022, roughly 75 million jobs worldwide will be lost, but that could be more than offset by the creation of 133 million new jobs.
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