Schools urged to improve automation curriculum

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Posted at Jun 27 2019 04:18 PM

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MANILA - Schools need to keep up with technological advances in automation so they can produce graduates that can readily be absorbed by businesses, an industry group said Thursday. 

The Robotic Process Automation Philippines said schools are not updating their curriculum fast enough to keep up with developments in the field. 

Allan Tan, one of the founders of the group, said software development companies end up with a talent pool that's barely ready for the job.

This means the private sector ends up doing the heavy lifting when it comes to upskilling. 

"It's hard to look for developers in PH, they only know the basic. We have to train them how to build software," Tan said in an interview with ANC. 

Tan said that fresh graduates usually undergo 3-6 months of training worth P150,000 to P200,000 before they can work in automation jobs. 

While some are worried that automation may negatively impact employment, Tan said the shift to automation is now inevitable because businesses will always go where it is more efficient and at a lower cost.

"Automation is either a threat or an opportunity. We don't do it, another country will do it, they will get all the jobs."

Human resource social network LinkedIn identified artificial intelligence, robotic process automation and workflow automation as among the "rising skills" that would be highly valued by businesses in the coming years.