Businesses are grappling with many challenges today. These include the transition to a work-from-anywhere world and the reimagining of core strategies that can meet changing stakeholder expectations. Businesses have to figure these out, all whilst driving growth and innovation.
At Salesforce, one of the challenges we are particularly passionate about tackling is digital skills and workforce development. With companies around the world rapidly transitioning to digital-first models, the demand for employees with digital skills has soared. However, current efforts to upskill and reskill talent is not keeping pace with this demand, and there is still more to be done.
Our newly launched Salesforce’s Global Digital Skills Index reveals a growing global digital skills crisis: 76% of the world’s workforce feel unequipped for the future of work. This sentiment resonates with 71% of respondents based in Singapore.
At the same time, only 29% of Singapore’s workforce say they are actively pursuing training on digital skills now. While 79% of respondents in Singapore have ‘advanced’ or ‘intermediate’ social media skills, just 34% feel prepared for the workplace digital skills needed over the next five years.
The good news is that the appetite to learn is there. Nearly half of Singapore’s respondents say that they plan to learn new skills to help them grow in their current careers.
In Singapore, there has been a lot of progress in expanding the breadth and depth of digital skills training over the last few years. However, according to Salesforce’s Digital Skills Index, it is clear that all nations, including Singapore, need to sustain and step up investment in digital skills urgently.
Now, more than ever, businesses need to take the lead in collaborating with governments, partners, and communities to tackle the growing digital skills crisis.
At Salesforce, we are committed to providing equitable access to digital skills through a range of initiatives. These include:
We also work with universities and government agencies like SkillsFuture in Singapore and Digital Economy Promotion Agency (DEPA) in Thailand to help workers reskill and upskill.
To get more people in Singapore excited about starting their digital skills journeys, we are excited to launch six new bespoke Trailmixes, or learning paths, on our free online learning platform Trailhead.
Each Trailmix is focused on a specific in-demand digital skill. Completing one will earn you a special Singapore-themed badge that you won’t find anywhere else.
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Whether you’re just starting out in your career, or are a mid-career professional looking to stay sharp, these Singapore Trailmixes provide a variety of starting points. There’s also a balanced range of difficulty for anyone looking to upskill or reskill.
Don’t learn alone! Grab a few friends or co-workers as you hit the trails and keep each other motivated on your learning journey.
After you complete these six modules and pin the exclusive badges proudly to your profile, you might feel more confident about tackling more advanced topics.
At that point, we recommend you fully immerse yourself into the hundreds of modules that Trailhead has to offer. Don’t forget to join the Trailblazer community to earn resume-worthy credentials and connect to opportunities worldwide.
We can’t wait to see what you’ll learn and build!