Building Skills for the Changing Workforce: AWS Global Digital Skills Study

While the digital skills gap has been widely discussed, little attention has been paid to the role of training in addressing this gap. To better understand digital skills training trends, AlphaBeta, commissioned by AWS, conducted an in-depth study on the state of digital skills training, which examined its importance in improving business outcomes and career opportunities for individuals.

Covering 12 countries globally (Australia, Brazil, Canada, Germany, India, Indonesia, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, the United Kingdom and the United States), this study surveyed employers and workers to understand the benefits of digital skills training, the barriers to training, and the gap in digital skills training actions undertaken in organizations and among workers to meet future digital skill needs in the economy. The study developed an indicator, the AWS Global Digital Skills Index, which explores the global training shortfall – referring to the gap between digital skills training efforts in organizations and among workers, and the identified training needs. Given that skills take time to build, employers and workers need to be forward-looking in their training efforts today. However, this Index finds a significant global training shortfall: digital skills training efforts today are not sufficient to meet evolving business needs.

The study uncovers three key insights:

  1. There is an accelerated need for digital skills training.
  2. However, a global training shortfall exists today and over the next year alone, an estimated 174 million more people across 12 countries will require digital skills training to keep up with technological advancements and changing demands of their jobs.
  3. Despite this, there is an opportunity for employers, workers, and governments to unlock the future potential of the workforce through tackling the barriers faced to training.

See AWS coverage of this report here.

Read more about the findings for the United Kingdom here.

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