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Future-Proofing the Indian Workforce

The plan is to have skilled workers within the areas of Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) around India

Tuesday June 23, 2020 3:56 PM, ummid.com News Network

Future Proofing Workforce

Earlier this year in January, the state of Kerala rolled out two education programmes for both students and working professionals. The purpose behind this initiative is to future-proof the workforce so that they are equipped with modern skills within emerging fields of technology.

The plan is to have skilled workers within the areas of Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) around India by the end of 2020.

The two working forces responsible for these new-age technology programmes are Kerala Startup Mission (KSUM) and ICT Academy of Kerala.

KSUM is a central agency in Kerala that is engaged with entrepreneurship and incubation projects for startups. On the other hand, the ICT Academy is made up of professional leaders that are committed to providing training and development programmes and is part of the educational arm of the government.

Impact of AR, VR

The impact that AR and VR have today is easily seen. Many new job opportunities within respective fields are already available today.

As technology continues to mature, more fields of business are applying concepts involving these new-age technologies to gain advantages and enrich user experiences in new innovative ways.

The number of jobs will grow in the years to come and the government is seeing a need to modernize the workforce in order to create a pool of skilled workers to meet this demand.

Another purpose of this initiative is to further grow the AR and VR startup scene, which is already getting a lot of attention from entrepreneurs.

Stimulating Unemployment Scenarios

Together with a US-based software company called Unity Technologies, two educational programmes were rolled out at the beginning of 2020, a Beginner's Course and an Intermediate Course. The programmes are expected to produce skilled workers within 12-months.

In October last year, Unity Technologies and KSUM already launched an accelerator programme, where seven startups were chosen and have been receiving support from the government to fuel the AR and VR startup space. There are many scenarios in the future where we will see jobs becoming redundant. One that we are already experiencing is industry 4.0.

About Industry 4.0

Industry 4.0 is the label of what we are currently experiencing in the ways that digitalisation is transforming manufacturing and productions plants and related industries. Where automated machines are replacing workers within the industrial ecosystem. When this happens, a lot of work opportunities are lost as jobs become redundant.

Stimulation unemployment scenarios are important and one way of doing so is preparing our future workforce to be skilled within fields of emerging technologies and fill future job positions.

By stimulating AR/VR startups, the government is trying to make sure that enough new companies within this industry are able to grow and thrive and as a results produce more jobs for the country which will keep unemployment rates at bay.

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