Talent Summit Africa 2021 – Lifelong Learning and Digital Skills are crucial for Strengthening The Labour Market

The newest market trends are a result of digitization in the labor industry and hybrid working.

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They also highlighted the talents that Nigerian talent should have in the region.

This was the aim of the Talent Summit Africa 2021 powered by Elev8.

The virtual event highlighted the importance of continuing learning, digital and automated, as well as resilience during times of crisis.

The Talent Summit Africa 2021 presented striking data such as the fact 85 million jobs we know about today will disappear in 2025.

However, new technologies are predicted to have created 97 million additional jobs in the same time period.

The keynote address was “How Digital Transformation Will Securing a Sustainable Future For Africa”Oluwaseun Solanke was Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Airtel Nigeria. He began the journey of digital transformation from the time the Nigerian government changed its Federal Ministry of Communications into the Federal Ministry of Communications. This included the creation and implementation of a coordinated and harmonized digital economy, policy, and strategy.

“To keep talent in a company, we must develop the required skills within the same job profile (upskilling). But the need has also emerged for professionals to be prepared to develop the technical skills required by the dynamic labor market (reskilling).

Lars Johannisson addressed the audience at the virtual event via his welcome address. He stated: “The discussion about growth and talent is inextricably connected to two very important factors, which are skilling, and talent.

“Bringing together talent and skills can scale both business as well as economy by bringing more people into the growing economy is a vital imperative for all individuals who work in IT environments.”

The World Economic Forum estimates that two-thirds of employers will see a return on their investment in a year if employees are reskilled.

Wale Olokodana (Director Microsoft Consulting Services – Middle East and Africa-Multi Country Cluster Region); Bode Abifarin (COO Flutterwave); Bayo Adesanya (Chief Digital Officer at AXA Mansard Insurance Plc). Yvonne Ige, CCO at AppZone.

Panelists discussing ‘The Future of Jobs: The Implications and Role of People, Businesses and Government’ include Ireayo Oladunjoye; Head Startups, LSETF, Emmanuel Abegunde; HRBP East & West African, NielsenIQ; Richard Rotoye; Obinna Urkonu, Country Digital and Technology Platform director, Coca Cola; Emmanuel Mimshach Obioha; NsikakJohn, Head, Enterprise Innovation Hub.

Click here to watch The Talent Summit Africa 2021

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