In discussion of the future of work, the BRICS Business Council’s South African chapter has launched the BRICS 2018 Future Skills Challenge and Expo.
Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) entrepreneurs and innovators showcased in the expo. The 2018 expo showcased the latest in cutting edge technology as the BRICS bloc is preparing for the 4th Industrial revolution.
Leaners from the South Africa, Gauteng province attended the exhibition. According IOL the leaners witnessed future technologies in the fields of cyber-security, data analytics, automation, industrial robotics, 3D printing and drone technology as well as other skills in engineering, transport, ICT and manufacturing sectors.
Lebogang Letsoalo, chairperson of merSETA spoke to Business Report during the expo and said that the concept was launched in July in partnership which BRICS. Letsoalo said that they want to increase cooperation between BRICS countries.
“We also want to ensure that innovation is informed by Industry 4.0 and that whatever is taught at institutions of higher learning is informed by advanced technology,” Letsoalo said.
“The current workforce has to be up-skilled for future jobs. Look at blue collar jobs, they are turning out to be white collar jobs now because of robotics and artificial intelligence,” she said.
“The Internet of Things, cyber-security, robotics and drone technology – all of those things affect the future of work, especially work in the logistics sector.
“Going forward we will continue with the collaboration between the industry, academia and the education system as well. We want to bring practical solutions and build entrepreneurship skills in the manufacturing sector,” Letsoalo concluded.