05 September 2019
Education Minister Ong Ye Kung has said that most jobs that exist today will still be around in the future, but in a “refashioned” form.
Mr Ong said in an interview during the 45th WorldSkills Competition that students will need to learn new tools, and how to apply their skills differently.
Students must also learn to be technologically savvy and open-minded.
For example, the skills needed by a customer chatbot trainer, a relatively new role, are similar to those of a customer service officer trainer. However, future customer chatbot trainer will also need to know how to operate the machine and the software.
The importance of fundamental skills, even as jobs change, means “many of the things we are doing in the education system and training actually are relevant” in preparing the young and old for the future, Mr Ong said.