By CTU Training Solutions · October 7, 2020 10:31 am
Demand for tech skills in South Africa is soaring, but supply falls short. Research by Wits University and the Institute of Information Technology Professionals South Africa reported a “chronic shortage” of the digital skills and competencies that South African businesses require. In the following IT sector including, Data analyst, Data scientist, software developers, AI and Machine learning architecture business leaders report experiencing difficulties in recruiting staff with relevant digital skills.
The country’s education system in many ways exacerbates this problem, as it isn’t geared to produce high-end information and communication technology (ICT) skills at the scale that’s needed. The need for continuous learning is becoming increasingly important as new technologies change traditional ways of working. When asked whether they viewed continuous learning as a ‘personal strategy’ or a ‘business responsibility,’. Many professionals believe that the responsibility to upskill lies with individuals rather than the companies they work for. The expectation that individuals should take responsibility for their own upskilling can be problematic.
The exact time frame for the 4IR isn’t known, though Accenture expects that, by 2026, it could unlock around R1.4 trillion of value in South Africa across agriculture, infrastructure, manufacturing, and financial services.
Ensuring that South Africa’s workforce will be ready for the future jobs will likely require a combination of effort from various stakeholders. Mounting enthusiasm for the 4IR from different groups is a positive sign, but translating that energy into strong, cross-sectoral partnerships will be the key to effective digital skills creation.
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Authored by: Isaac Lupanda