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Tech giants join global initiative to reskill IT workers

25 January 2018
Accenture, CA Technologies and HPE are just some of the companies behind the World Economic Forum’s IT Industry Skills Initiative, in a bid to reskill one million workers in the digital age of AI and automation

The World Economic Forum (WEF), a non-profit foundation, has announced the launch of the first ever IT Industry Skills Initiative to fill the global skills gap and address job displacement arising from automation and other technological advances. The initiative is committed to reaching one million people with resources and training opportunities on the Forum’s SkillSET portal by January 2021.

The initiative was conceived by the Forum’s IT Governors community under the chairmanship of Chuck Robbins, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Cisco. Founding partners are Accenture, CA Technologies, Cisco, Cognizant, Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), Infosys, Pegasystems, PwC, Salesforce, SAP and Tata Consultancy Services.

“In our dynamic world, technology has opened up many avenues for growth. However, we are also seeing how innovations such as artificial intelligence and automation can impact the workforce. It is important for all of us to recognise that without the talent we need, none of us would be successful,” said Chuck Robbins, Chairman and CEO, Cisco. “This initiative brings together the capabilities and strengths of all of our companies to help educate the high-skilled workers needed for jobs now and into the future. It is our obligation to make sure that people with jobs across every industry are given the means to learn new skills and remain competitive.”

The coalition has created a free platform of online tools to streamline the process of reskilling adults. The initial iteration of the portal will be available in April 2018. Partner companies are opening up key elements of their individual training libraries into the centralised portal, which will  be free of charge to users. The initiative will initially target the US market, with plans to scale to other geographies and build industry and public-sector partnerships in 2018 and beyond.

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