Skill diversity for a brighter economy

Skill diversity for a brighter economy

Elon Musk, a technology entrepreneur, investor and engineer is the founder of PayPal and Co-founder of Tesla, and part of SpaceX, Neuralink, OpenAI and The Boring Company. Few generations ago, it was unthinkable to have an executive like him who has ventures ranging from building rockets, attempting satire, assembling electric cars and selling solar roofs, digging tunnels and developing brain-computer interfaces.

Today, all the startups, businesses and industries are now keen to innovate and revolutionize. Behind all these advances are the aspirations and efforts of like-minded individuals who, in their 24-hours, attempt to get past the thinking of majority. Such traits, if aren’t built-in, need to be cultivated into the young minds – along with their peculiar interests, they must find time to delve into something new or exciting, as it helps them make decisions and therefore become future-ready.

Ever since the break of digital dawn, more emphasis is laid on this ability to adapt and people and organizations are adopting different ways to keep up with the evolving trends. This not only includes acquiring the new-age infrastructure but also the skills to operate them. In short, the rate of digital adoption is far outpaced by the digital evolution and is a critical challenge faced by the workforce during their digital journeys.

Today, technology is so prevalent that it impinges on all aspects of our lives; from a bed that adjusts the way an individual sleeps to automobiles that literally parallel park themselves. Even EHS and OHS has changed dramatically with the development of technology resources, and with a diverse workforce, its approach needs to vary.

This difference manifests itself in the corporate background as one observes a stark contrast between prerequisite skill-sets and skill-sets currently possessed by the workforce. To merge seamlessly in the industrial landscape, individuals are required to see EHS performance as an inseparable tie and integrate tightly with other areas of the business.

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Retraining and reskilling programs facilitate amateurs and professionals to become job-ready for the emerging roles that are in-demand. Training programs expose the personnel to do a lot of things, work on a diverse set of projects and helps them gain a breadth of a large number of skills.

The integration economy is gaining traction as broader the expertise, more offerings possibly come along the way. India is fortunate to leverage learning opportunities as it hosts one of the largest talent pool with trade, industrial and digital skills. The Indian government, with the Construction Skill Development Corporation (CSDCI) as an example, emphasizes on learnings for the workforce who enable updated learnings for the workers.

The benefits are immense for the individuals as it will culminate interests from within. Even organizations and industries can extend their support by providing the employees access to skill development tools and resources and allowing them to engage in such reskilling programs.

With the advent of technological revolution, several avenues have opened for competent and ‘willing to learn’ professionals. Intuitive and inquisitive approach needs to start, and over the next decade, people would need to master skills that will help them grasp changing duties and responsibilities.

Industry-related programs should know how to adapt to the changing workplace scenarios, how to work in a team, how to work towards accomplishing stated goals, how to maintain the mission of a particular industry or business, and most importantly motivate workers to be more productive to combat global competition.

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