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Irish Digital Transformation – Get ready for workplace changes

Over the next five years, there will be a loss of up to 46,000 jobs due to the adoption of digital technologies, according to the National Skills Council white paper, “Digital Transformation: Assessing the Impact of Digitalisation on Ireland’s Workforce.” One in three jobs is considered to be “at high risk of being disrupted by the adoption of digital technologies.”

The National Skills Council along with Ireland’s Expert Group on Future Skills Needs (EGFSN) has just released their white paper regarding the impact of digitalisation on Irish society, and the predicted outcomes point to now being the time to act. This paper is a wake-up call for both employers and employees who need to improve their digital game for a digitally-focused future.

Now is a crucial time for workers in Ireland and around the globe to upskill for the future. Not only is it essential to remain a relevant part of the workplace, but it is also an opportunity to make a life change and improve personal skills for the inevitable economic and marketplace change to digitisation.

The National Skills Council report shows some key points where actions are needed sooner rather than later. The report highlights that over the next five years, repetitive manual jobs will be most at risk from automation.  It indicates that agriculture, retail, transport and hospitality, as well as manufacturing industries are “at risk”. The fear is that low-skilled roles in sales and customer services may be replaced by chatbots and Robotic Process Automation (RPA).

For a significant portion of the report, the emphasis is on the need for existing workers to upskill their technology capabilities. The report recommends that the government must lead this upskilling. Its message to private business is “employers need to support workers to upskill or reskill”.

At present, many companies in Ireland realise the vital role learning and development plays for their staff. Most understand the enormous benefits of having a better-skilled workforce. However, some fear that they will lose trained staff after the reskilling process. In a recent survey by Code Institute, more than half of those interviewed suggested that the training programs they received were not helpful, and a similar number of respondents replied that the training they received was boring and useless.

The National Skills Council report includes insights into surveys conducted with businesses and individuals regarding the need for ICT skills. At present, there are not enough skilled ICT practitioners to meet the demands of industry, and according to some sources, there are 12,000 unfilled ICT jobs in the Irish market. This runs in agreement with the feedback from interviewed businesses. When asked to identify the challenges they face regarding acquiring digital staff, the response was that the biggest problem they encountered was “finding people with technology and soft skills such as the ability to communicate and collaborate effectively.”

Many of the subjects covered in the report are in sync with the global skills gap. The figures in the National Skills Council whitepaper mirror those from several countries and regions around the world.

Code Institute is a part of the solution to the skills gap both in Ireland and internationally. The company’s goal is to close the digital skills gap through their Full Stack Software Development programme. This programme is designed and managed by experts who have worked with global tech giants like Google, Deloitte and Microsoft. The course was developed with input from an Industry Advisory Council, which includes global technology companies like GSK, Paypal, Accenture, Salesforce and more. Their insights mean that Code Institute is delivering exactly what industry is looking for to its students.

Students are guided through the Code Institute program by expert tutors and mentors, who offer unequalled software development advice. If you’re considering a career change, now is the time to act. Employers need software developers today. As a result of this, entry-level salaries are proving to be very attractive to new developers. A career in this field means fantastic working conditions and software developers can often enjoy a flexible working life.

Want to hear more about Code Institute? Sign up for our next Irish open evening in the Fitzwilliam Hotel, Dublin 2, on Tuesday, 8 January 2019 at 6 pm.