TECHNOLOGY has a real impact on unskilled workers.
Automation and robots will take over jobs performed by people. But new, more productive and better-paying jobs will come along.
Singapore has to adapt. We must upgrade our education system to nurture creativity - this means less rote learning and more critical thinking to cultivate the skills needed for the workplace.
This has to start at the pre-school level, by encouraging children to be inquisitive. This is also the right age for them to develop social skills and cognitive abilities and prepare them for continuous learning.
Our next generation will need to be better prepared because in a recession, companies retain staff who can add value.
The Education Ministry should get employers to have a say in the syllabus. For example, in Switzerland, students as young as 12 are offered career advice and a chance to get work experience. Work placements in Britain are also well-known.
Multinational corporations can help young people by offering them training programmes and help current employees to upgrade their skills.