BRIDGING THE ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE SKILLS GAP

WINNING IN THE 21ST CENTURY: BRIDGING THE ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE SKILLS GAP

There is no doubt that A.I is changing the way we work.

According to some reports, four in five business leaders in Asia Pacific believe the burgeoning technology will transform the way their firms operate within the next three years. But still, there exists a glaring disconnect among the workforce as a whole.

As many as 15 percent of employees believe AI will have no impact on their jobs. Meanwhile, more than three-quarters (77 percent) expect their employer to help them develop skills to adapt to the changing environment.

There is a critical need for employees and employers to work together in order to attain the skills to survive let alone thrive in the A.I augmented future to come.

As many as 15 percent of employees believe AI will have no impact on their jobs. Meanwhile, more than three-quarters (77 percent) expect their employer to help them develop skills to adapt to the changing environment.

There is no doubt that intelligent technologies will change the tasks that make up work and as such new skills that will be required to perform them. Education and corporate training will need to commit to 3 main areas to develop these skills.

Speeding up Experiential Learning.

Thanks to advances in neuroscience and technology, the development of experiential learning techniques have progressed significantly in recent years. These techniques are about learning through hands-on application, rather than absorbing knowledge by listening or reading. Also of great benefit are simulation training tools for more technical functions, on-the-job training initiatives, learning plans, and the use of new technologies such as Virtual Reality (VR) or Artificial Intelligence (AI) to make learning more immersive, engaging and personalised.

Shifting the focus from institutions to individuals.

Possessing a broad variety of skills is of great value across the workforce. But there needs to be a greater emphasis on broadening the variety of skills within each worker. Education and training objectives should encourage each individual to develop a broader mix of skills, rather than producing only a certain number of graduates from specific courses. This mix should include a focus on complex reasoning, creativity and social-emotional intelligence.

Empowering vulnerable learners.

Education and corporate lifelong learning systems must be accessible to all in order to truly close the skills gap. Workers who are vulnerable to disruption from technological change must be identified for targeted interventions.

It is also important for employers and HR professionals to understand what a good future-ready employee is and how to recognise him or her among the workforce. To that end, it pays to augment HR departments with intelligent talent platforms that help evaluate and keep track of employee skills needs and progress.

Such platforms can help measure job role fit and potential flight risk, as well as provide managers with ideal development paths for their existing talent pool. They can also help HR departments connect with skills assessments from the best providers in the market to aid in recruitment all the way to talent development.

It is also important for employers and HR professionals to understand what a good future-ready employee is and how to recognise him or her among the workforce.

Smart platforms also help reveal the hidden talent in an organisation, thereby negating the need to hire externally. This is handy, especially when it compares internal and external talent from third-party, professionally trusted sources liked LinkedIn. More importantly, employing such a platform helps future-proof organisations, by accurately measuring the skills of employees in order to identify their talent credentials. This helps build an agile workforce, based on skills needed rather than tenure, as well as helping make sure that a company’s workforce has the up-to-date skills in order to adapt to the reconfiguration of positions, as tasks evolve and worker capabilities are augmented by machines.

So is your company and your workforce ready for the challenges and the opportunities that the future brings? What is clear is that whether work is automated or augmented, the need for urgent skill-building and new approaches to learning is desperately needed. And some groups of workers and sectors in particular, could be in need of pressing and targeted interventions.

That is where we come in. Find out how we can help your organisation bridge the A.I skills gap and accelerate the way you adapt and thrive in the 21st century through intelligent platforms, data, and our expertise by getting in touch via Accendo.

Sources

https://www.cnbc.com/2019/02/20/microsoft-idc-study-skills-shortages-stopping-companies-from-using-ai.html

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