Clearly, technology has a huge role to play in the evolution of systems and processes. However, the sector is often seen as being rather discrete and isolated: certain companies are technology companies, the rest aren’t, end of story.
Of course, the reality is that companies (that are growing) across all sectors incorporate technology into them, and will be responsible for creating many of the new jobs slowly being invented.
The businesses that think about the future and plan for it, will be the ones that succeed.
The most noticeable thing to happen over the medium to long term will be that people adopt new skills and learn new things. This is the opportunity that we’re looking to address with the FibrePark project and our digital academy.
By offering multiple learning pathways, people with different educational backgrounds, experiences and knowledge areas can progress in technology – without the need for an A Level in Maths, or other traditional accreditations.
In order for the population to really benefit from the changing world of tech, we need a diverse workforce with a diverse range of experiences. New knowledge in emerging technologies will lead to the highest possible proportion of individuals either finding new opportunities within their existing sectors, or transferring their knowledge and new digital technology skills into other sectors.
Most of the big technology providers (as well as open-source technologies) are already creating new learning pathways, providing people with opportunities to learn specific technologies within the software space and in the areas of data, AI, and cyber.
Many of the courses and learning pathways on offer are delivered via online learning and supported self-directed learning. Some might only take a few hours, some might take several days, and they can be completed during spare time. This presents a huge opportunity for the whole workforce to progress in the coming years.
From an individuals’ perspective, learning these new skills can help with securing jobs. Often, the roles on offer can deliver more value to businesses, and therefore the likelihood of gaining a salary increase is high.