Apart from digital proficiency, employees of the future will also need critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
On the occasion of World Youth Skills Day, India finds itself at a crucial crossroads, where the convergence of youth and technology presents an unprecedented opportunity for growth and development. As the nation strives to become a global powerhouse, the need for a deep understanding of emerging technologies has emerged as a key focus area for empowering its young employee workforce. With artificial intelligence, machine learning, and other groundbreaking innovations rapidly reshaping industries, India’s youth must be equipped with the knowledge and skills to harness these technologies effectively.
Alok Bansal, CEO, Global Business Process Management, Visionet Systems, says “According to The World Economic Forum, rapid digital transformation has ensured that 50% of all employees will need reskilling by 2025. Apart from digital proficiency, employees of the future will also need critical thinking and problem-solving skills. They will need to cultivate a passion for active learning, and self-management abilities to face challenges with resilience and stress tolerance. Traditional skill sets and academic degrees are becoming increasingly obsolete as employability today hinges upon not just an understanding of emerging technologies like Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning (ML), etc., but also on organizational, and communication skills, leadership qualities, integrity, workplace ethics, dependability, flexibility and the ability to work with teams.
To truly harness India’s demographic dividend and pave the way for the nation’s development, it is essential to prioritize the skilling of young people. A collective focus on bridging these skill gaps, ensuring that the youth in Tier 2 and Tier 3 cities have access to opportunities that will empower them and the nation as a whole.
Alok adds, “This is a tall order and a recent report by staffing firm TeamLease Digital informed that 30 percent of the 40,000 job postings available in India’s cyber security industry, remained vacant due to a shortage of skilled workers among other reasons. This is why we must commit to bridging such skill gaps, especially in Tier 2 and Tier 3 cities. This vast amount of unutilized raw potential must be tapped if we want to make the most of our demographic dividend. That is what our collective focus should be when we talk about how we can skill our young people and strategically leverage their capacities toward India’s development.”
Recognizing the transformative power of skill development, World Youth Skills Day serves as a poignant reminder to invest in our youth and equip them with the necessary tools to succeed in the ever-changing job market. By providing comprehensive training programs, educational initiatives, and mentorship opportunities, we can bridge the skill gaps and empower the next generation of workers to thrive in the digital era.
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