Skills development ‘critical’ to meet the needs of the Fourth Industrial Revolution

Ilse Karg, chief director of Future Production Technologies at the dti

Provision of skills development must be prioritised in order to succeed in the world of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, according to the chief director of Future Production Technologies at the Department of Trade and Industry, Ilse Karg.

Delivering the keynote address at the inaugural BRICS Partnership on the New Industrial Revolution held in Johannesburg on Wednesday, she emphasised that there was urgent need for youth development and extensive training to mitigate the risks posed by the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

“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 contest at a level that is competitive,” she said.

The greatest demand was for semi-skilled and highly skilled workers, along with an increasing demand for high-level skills at university level, she added.

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