Question 1 [50 Marks]
“The 4IR has prompted discussion with regards to its implications for business and employment. It is viewed as cautiously beneficial because of its potential to reduce time and costs associated to production and create opportunities for those seeking employment or changes in their career. Thus, there is a degree of concern about the talents and skills set readiness of future employees to adapt to such changes in the market and the possible unemployment for those who cannot adapt (Summers, 2014; MacCarthy, 2014).”
In an aptly written research essay, discuss the importance of reskilling and upskilling in the South African working environment.
Your discussion should focus on, and include, the following sections:
• A clear argument that advocates for reskilling and upskilling as a necessity for the fourth industrial revolution (4IR) working environment.
• A brief examination as to how one can acquire these skills (values, personality, worldviews) that are accordingly needed in the modern age.
• Critically evaluate the extent to which South Africa provides an environment that is favourable, or largely conducive, for upskilling and reskilling.
• A conclusion that summarises your findings and the readiness of South Africa for the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR).
Answers to Above Questions on 4IR
Answer 1: Technological advancement has affected the ways in which work is being carried out across organisations. As a result of this, employees are also required to upgrade their knowledge and skills in order to perform effectively in this era of technological innovation. It is highly important for the South African employees to reskill and upskill in order to achieve competitive advantage over others.
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