With the likes of Google and Tesla working fast to make self-driving cars a reality of the near future. This need for an “on-demand and tech-centred” lifestyle is something many technology start-ups are capitalising on.
The world around is undoubtedly evolving, processes are being streamlined and automated, efficiencies are being sought and the need to be digitally literate is becoming something of a necessity. But what does this mean for the future of employment?
With the development of highly automated practises and the ever growing incorporation of digital technology within our daily lives, it begs the question, will we be overtaken by robots?
Phil Smith, CEO of Cisco and Chair of the Tech Partnership, stresses the importance of Tech Apprenticeships in fuelling the digital talent pipelines of the future. Smith also released a staggering research statistic predicting ‘1.7 million new tech roles will be created over the next ten years’.
There is a particular inevitability that comes with the exponential growth we have seen in technology throughout the past decade. Some positions will be replaced by highly automated processes. However, as highlighted by Phil Smith, the digital industry will see huge opportunities over the next 5-10 years.
Smith highlighted the importance of skill development in conjunction with study, commenting “it will develop the future talent we need, whilst giving our apprentices the experience-based learning they enjoy”.
As well as digital technology, it is as important to consider the areas in which technology and automation will not be able to reach. Areas of work that require judgement, human interaction and creative reasoning will seldom be replaced with technology. This is why our Career Colleges stress the importance of not only project based learning but also teamwork, collaboration and creative thinking. This emphasis ensures the holistic development of our trainees, preparing them sufficiently for their chosen career.
Apprenticeships within the digital sector will undoubtedly provide students with the practical and industry-specific knowledge necessary to adequately differentiate themselves in this ever growing digital age.