“One of the things we’ve discovered in our work with the World Economic Forum is the importance of remote learning. Delivering skills at a distance is absolutely essential in a time when so much is changing,” he said in an interview with the Forum. “And frankly, coming together to learn new things is more difficult.”
“We identified several key types of jobs, including data analysts, financial analysts, customer service agents, I.T. support and help-desk personnel, which are accessible to many, many people and provided training programmes in order to help them gain the skills necessary to do those jobs,” Blue said.
The four-day virtual event, being held on 20-23 October 2020, comes as the world seeks a way out of the COVID-19 pandemic. The coronavirus crisis has further disrupted the world of work after years of growing income inequality, concerns about tech-driven job displacement, and rising societal discord.
The Summit will develop new frameworks, shape innovative solutions and accelerate action on four thematic pillars: Economic Growth, Revival and Transformation; Work, Wages and Job Creation; Education, Skills and Lifelong Learning; and Equity, Inclusion and Social Justice.
“It’s a healthcare crisis, but it’s also an economic crisis,” he said. “The biggest impact is actually going to be the acceleration of inequality.” One where the rich get richer – in money, in skills, in connections, he explained.
And, it is these people who will be better placed to navigate the new world we’re entering, he said. So, we need to make a commitment, one that returns a sense of equality, of access and of opportunity.
“The pandemic has left us with severe economic consequences. We’re essentially living out a world where people who were most underserved, most underrepresented, are being hurt the most within the pandemic.”
He explained that, while jobs might be technological – for example a data scientist or artificial intelligence engineer – they might be paired with a saleperson, who knows how to use the technology, or a marketer who understands how AI works.
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