During one of the breakout sessions at the recently held Lagos State Employment Trust Fund (LSETF) Employment Summit, Tomi Otudeko, head, innovation and sustainability, Honeywell Group, a panelist, while speaking on the theme, “Jobs for the Future: Leveraging Technology for Job Creation”, reiterated the need for continuous upskilling of the workforce as technology presents new opportunities and also leads to new ways of doing existing jobs.
According to Otudeko, “the best way of ensuring that the workforce of an organisation does not become redundant in the advent of artificial intelligence and machine learning is that there should be adequate training for the changes to come”.
Illustrating her position through the operations of Honeywell Flour Mills Plc. a Honeywell Group Company, she noted that, “Our processes are increasingly automated and this has led to a change in the expectation from our millers. Our milling staff are continuously being trained and have adapted to these changes, working seamlessly with processes that a driven by technology”
“Today’s leading organisations are deploying solutions that will automate their business, reduce turnaround time and make business delivery consistent. The workforce needs to be willing to learn and be innovative in their value addition to their organisations. Embracing technology gives room for people to learn new skills”, she added.
It was agreed at the session that there is a need for a change in our education system to ensure it provides the requisite skills (both technology and soft skills) needed by the next generation. Organisations also need to change their business models so as to stay competitive for the future as skills are evolving at an accelerated rate.
Other panelists at the session include, Lars Johannisson, country manager, Tek Expert; Olufemi Osinubi, partner, experience centre & emerging technologies, PwC; Nkem Begho, managing director, Future Software Resources Limited.
Last year, Honeywell Group partnered with the Lagos State Employment Trust Fund (LSETF) to aid youth in Lagos State acquire relevant skills required to compete in today’s technology driven, global marketplace.