Training engineers for future jobs
Engineers – As India is witnessing exponential growth both in terms of economy and in terms of infrastructure development, it is nothing but quite obvious that the nation is facing a humongous skill gap issue. What with hundreds of engineers are being churned out year after year with little or no skill sets, the question that worries the nation is that how do we train our engineers for future-ready jobs. Narayan Mahadevan, Founder at BridgeLabz discusses threadbare about the incumbent issues and few remedial solutions in an article written in India Today.
The author argues that on one end the world is worried about the potential job losses due to the heavy automation along with rapid changes taking place in the realms of technology, nevertheless, every change to bring with it, a unique opportunity, which we need to grab it with both hands , comprehend it to fully take advantage of it.
Technological progress, while making a few profiles irrelevant, has also introduced a diverse array of new roles and responsibilities which require a greater application of human creativity, analytical knowledge and intuition, he says.
Citing Gartner’s latest widely quoted report, he writes that Artificial Intelligence will create more jobs than it eliminates by 2020, has further underlined the positive aspects of automation in global employment. However, constructive impact needs to be made in tech-space employability through a holistic vision in training to cause a significant disruption. Let’s understand the ground realities once again.
Skill gap and requirement gap
Forbes has listed AI, ML and Cloud in the top ten digital skills to possess as part of the emerging tech portfolio of skills. 25 million to 50 million jobs are going to be created in emerging tech worldwide and India alone will require 6 million to 12 million jobs in this space in the next decade according to a McKinsey study. However, the engineers of today are not being skilled right, Mahadevan writes.
A study by the analytics firm Aspiring Minds found that only 4.8% of candidates could write correct logic and less than 1.4% could write correct code. This obviously reflects in the employability of the engineers — of more than 1.5 million engineers who graduate each year 80% are unemployed and close to 45% can be made employable with the right intervention, he further argues.
We need to remember that these are students who have already been in a classroom kind of learning environment for their entire life till date. However, the certificates that they currently have from their engineering and other online courses does not guarantee them a job, Mahadevan emphasises.
Adding to this list are the growing numbers of experienced engineers already in the workforce whose skills are quickly becoming obsoletel It is estimated that more than half of the four million engineers in tech will need to be re-skilled to relevant to the industry, adds the report.
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