Skills development should be prioritised to thrive in the Fourth Industrial Revolution

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PRETORIA, South Africa


The Chief Director of Future Production Technologies Ms Ilse Karg has said that in order to success in the world of Fourth Industrial Revolution, the provision of skills development must be prioritized.

She said: “The burgeoning Fourth Industrial Revolution is here with us, and as a country we need to ensure that we move to another level and not only with automation of our production, but also investing in skills development so that every employee can be capable to play and contest at a level that is competitive,”

Delivering a key note speech at the inaugural BRICS Partnership on the New Industrial Revolution in Johannesburg, Ms Karg stressed that there was an urgent need for youth development and extensive training to mitigate the risks posed by the fourth Industrial Revolution in perpetuating the element of unemployment and poverty in developing countries.

 “The bulk of skills requirement is going to be on the semi and semi high levels, and there will be greater demand for higher level skills at university level,” she noted.