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Issue 1: The Digital Skills Gap

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  • However, 133 million new jobs will be created in the same period due to the impact of technology.
  • Create clearer paths from university to work, by collaborating on education curricula with universities.
  • Ensure that bosses have (or at least understand) the digital skills they expect their team to have.
  • Take an honest look at how much investment retraining will require. (See the Accenture example later in this email for one estimate.)
  • Work with governments and other businesses to spread this mighty cost.

“The Fourth Industrial Revolution may look and feel like an exogenous force with the power of a tsunami, but in reality, it is a reflection of our desires and choices.”

— World Economic Forum

Let’s talk about “the skills gap”, shall we?

In the face of a cold, ruthless, machine age, our reaction is reassuringly human. Emotive headlines dominate the skills gap media landscape.

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“The exclusionary focus on ‘problem-solving’ in education is a mistake: education needs to address the more imaginative task of ‘problem-finding’ as well.”

— Kyung Hee Kim, William and Mary College

WHOSE JOB IS IT, ANYWAY?

“A diverse team will build better robots that address a wider range of concerns and do so in a more thoughtful way.”

— Catherine Ashcraft, National Center for Women & Information Technology

WHAT ARE ACCENTURE DOING ABOUT THE DIGITAL SKILLS GAP?

LINKIN’ CLARK

READING

Author of the world-famous https://hitech.substack.com/ I used to be with it, but then they changed what ‘it’ was.

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