A Reskilling and Upskilling Collaborative Ecosystem in the Era of Industry 4.0

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Digital transformation has initiated an instructional paradigm shift for learning and teaching.

Both employers and employees recognize that work is becoming digital, and this new environment requires updated skills. The Industry 4.0 smart systems emphasize the need to shift from focusing on automation to an intelligent collaboration between humans and machines. The diagram summarizes and recommends steps and options necessary for the workforce to reinvent, re-orientate, reskill, and upskill around a human–machine collaboration framework to create a win–win scenario for industrial advancement.

Early childhood education and K-12 education remain fundamental and mandatory for every citizen in the twenty-first century. In addition, diverse degree and non-degree options will provide avenues for citizens of the world to be lifelong learners. Non-traditional options such as employer-sponsored on-the-job training, seminars, self- study, and taking certificates from technology companies such as Microsoft are valuable opportunities.

Digital transformation centers on a vision of new education and learning programs that can effectively provide training, skilling, reskilling, and upskilling to the future-ready workforce. To make this happen, business leaders, educators, and governments must proactively build facilities and programs for society to benefit from learning new skills, innovative knowledge, and advanced theories.