Limits of digital upskilling, reskilling

No amount of reskilling can prepare workers sufficiently for the new knowledge economy. Governments need to help workers move to growing sectors, including hybrid high-tech and high-touch options.

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While nobody knows how long it will take for the global economy to recover from the impact of the pandemic, many observers predict that firms will accelerate their efforts to digitalise, automate and downsize, thereby hampering a job market that was already showing signs of weakness before the crisis.

In an attempt to assist mid-career job seekers in an increasingly tight and contested labour market, some countries have made digital upskilling and reskilling a core part of their Covid-19 relief packages.

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