Ms Zenda Tan of ICDL Asia gave two presentations on ‘Building a Digital Workforce: The Singapore Experience’ to invited audiences last week in Auckland and Wellington, New Zealand.
Held at the Grand Hall of Parliament in Wellington, Zenda presented key insights from the recent international research and Singapore’s experience with digital skills for workplace. She touched on the New Digital Divide between Lifestyle digital skills and Workplace digital skills, and emphasized how training and certification cuts the cost to business of “digital ignorance”.
Companies can benefit from such training and certification through increased productivity, cost savings, improved recruitment selection and smoother adoption of new technology. On the other hand, candidates who take on the professional ICT skills program can ensure workforce competitiveness, enhanced employment and build foundation for the future economy.
During her visit, Zenda and the 2020 Trust met with senior government officials, business leaders, ATCs and NGOs from Auckland and Wellington. They include Auckland Tourism, Events & Economic Development (ATEED), Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, and four members of NZ parliament (MPs).
In New Zealand, the 2020 Trust is the accredited ICDL National Partner with over 2,000 registered candidates for ICDL training, over 80 training partners delivering ICDL programmes. Jobseekers in New Zealand is offered free ICDL trainings through our KiwiSkills programme while students can gain practical digital skills which allows them to be more work-ready.