The rise of digital technology has been fairly rapid, and has significantly impacted, and in some cases, disrupted the nature of social, economic, and business landscapes across the world. In fact, there are few markets that are left unaltered, if not untouched, by the digital economy. Naturally, the impact of this rapid advancement in digital technology has also fallen on employment. In many ways, digital advancement is a threat to process oriented roles. There is a need, today, for people in the workforce who are quick learners with the ability to multi-task. Considering the speed of this advancement, it is clear that there is no workforce aptly prepared for the jobs of the future. This has led to a gap – the digital skills gap.
Addressing the Digital Skills Gap
The recently announced Union Budget 2018 was indicative of the Government’s growing focus on the efforts towards the digital revolution being undertaken in India. With increased focus on digital economy work skills such as programming, software engineering, cyber security an analytics, it is the current workforce that needs to be trained and upskilled to be able to take up responsibilities in organisations that intend to sustain and grow in the digital economy.
It is important to note that such upskilling should not be restricted to the Information and Communication Technology sector of the country. To become a digital marketplace, the participation of all industries is imperative, and should be supported by adequate investments in new ICT technologies. The next big wave is about to hit – Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence, big data, analytics, cloud computing, etc have already made their mark on the Indian digital economy. To remain ahead of the game on a global level, the development of digital skill needs to take centre stage.
Upskilling – The Need for a Collaborative Effort
Upskilling on a large scale requires collaborative effort. Enterprises, government and individuals need to assist their communities and embrace new and innovative technology as a part of their long term strategies and goals. It is only with such efforts that ambitious initiatives such as Digital India will be executed successfully.