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A Digitally Unprepared Workforce

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May 05, 2023

Why in news?

The need for the digital jobs is in high demand and India’s demographic divided could be a leverage if the youth are equipped with adequate digital skills.

What are the challenges to digital workforce?

  • Pace of technological change - Continues to accelerate and demand for such skills doesn’t meet the skill supply.
  • Availability of training is not available in wide range - The training provided by the government is available only in the few areas within the digital space.
  • Artificial intelligence - According to World Economic Forum the AI will replace the jobs of the digital workforce but also create new jobs in different fields.
  • Lack of skills in Data-driven field - The jobs of the future are expected to rely more on data-driven and machine-powered processes.
  • Disproportionate enrolment - Youth enroll in IT-ITeS vocational or technical courses, with a significantly high percentage of 34.7%, in comparison to other courses.
  • Inadequate training - 29% of the 30% trained workforce are unemployed due to inadequate training content or poor training quality.

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What can be done to address the digital skills crisis?

  • Revamping skills - To adapt to the changing job market the entire skill development system needs to be restructured.
  • Upskilling - To upskill the workforce in line with the emerging technologies.
  • Strategic investment - Particularly in the reskilling of the workforce to keep up with the digital transformation.
  • Skill India Mission and Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY) 4.0. - Needs to be implemented efficiency to provide digital skills on digital skills on emerging technologies like artificial intelligence, mechatronics and robotics.

Quick facts

World Economic Forum (WEF)

  • The World Economic Forum is the International Organization for Public-Private Cooperation.
  • WEF was established in 1971 as a not-for-profit foundation and is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland.
  • The reports released by WEF includes
    • The Future of Jobs Report 2023,
    • Global Risks Report 2023,
    • The Net-Zero Industry Tracker,
    • Transitioning Industrial Clusters towards Net Zero,
    • Education 4.0 India,
    • Global Cybersecurity Outlook 2023 and
    • ASEAN Digital Generation Report: Digital Financial Inclusion.


  1. The Hindu Business Line│ Digitally Unprepared Workforce
  2. WEF│ Reports Of WEF
  3. WEF│ About WEF
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