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Upskilling is the way forward in the digital economy

We are going through another Industrial Revolution. While steam drove the First Industrial Revolution, electricity the Second, digital computing the Third, the Fourth one is much more complex. The technologies that are at the forefront of this transformation include large-scale digitisation, artificial intelligence (AI), data science, cloud computing, machine learning, robotics, and the Internet of Things (IoT).

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way businesses operate but it has also accelerated the pace of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR). Companies adopting the 4IR technologies report benefits like increases in revenue growth, productivity, product quality and customer satisfaction. But to succeed in this, they need access to the right talent, trained in appropriate digital technologies, and able to apply them to business applications.

Which is why, in 2020, we entered into an exclusive distribution partnership with Simplilearn, one of the world’s leading certification training providers. Simplilearn have trained over one million learners and powered digital transformation training programmes for hundreds of businesses, to support companies with developing their people in those areas associated with digital transformation.

The approach to digital skilling we use – a mix of self-paced e-learning, live virtual classes, and practical application workshops – is tailored to your employees, and ensures learners have relevant skills in data engineering, data science and artificial intelligence, the 4IR technologies.

The role-based approach to digital skilling was created by the following process:

  • Mapping industry trends – understanding the trends in a particular industry helps to build a clear picture of the business model and gain clarity on the roles and skills needed.
  • Identifying critical roles – using the gathered insights to find out the crucial roles needed to drive the company through the digital transformation.
  • Mapping the skills needed for each role – this process gets continuously updated as technologies change, and businesses innovate.
  • Creating learning paths that deliver these skills – assembling a learning path for a particular role that teaches the required skills and ensures practical experience through industry projects.

The goal is to ensure that digital upskilling is outcome-oriented, easy to map to any company’s needs and that the company has talent in all its key roles with all the skills required to deliver results.

Download the whitepaper and find out how the critical roles were identified, and skills mapped in categories that drive companies through the 4IR – digital business, digital operations, data and AI, and technology.

Also, take a look at our corporate training solutions that help you take advantage of the digital economy and get in touch! The best time to get started on digital skilling is now.