According to the World Economic Forum report The Future of Jobs released in January 2016, five million jobs in the world's leading economies could disappear over the next five years due to redundancy and automation.
Technological advances such as Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, and Biotechnology will cause disruption to business models and labour markets over the next five years.
Significant change is predicted in the skill sets needed to thrive in a new Digital Economy.
A robot holds a newspaper during a demonstration at the World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting in Davos, on January 22, 2016. Photo: AFP
Shifting Organisational and Learning Culture
With such predictions, Governments around the world, including Malaysia, have begun incorporating digital-based education within school curriculums.
Last year, #mydigitalmaker movement driven by Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) was established to create a nation of digital makers through the integration of Computation Thinking and computer science in the national school curriculum.
Corporate organisations, too, have begun to embrace the culture of innovation.
PETRONAS Group ICT's Brilliant Minds programme was developed with the aim to foster collaboration with businesses, identify grassroots ideas, encourage different ways of thinking, drive the maker movement and digital awareness of innovative trends in PETRONAS.
Group ICT contributes to the development of future-ready generation by supporting the maker movement through the Brilliant Young Minds (BYM) programme.
BYM has selected two schools – Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan (SMK) Seksyen 7 in Shah Alam and SMK Damansara Jaya in Petaling Jaya – to be in the pilot between February and September 2017.
Some 32 Form One and Form Two students from both secondary schools will learn-by-doing, invent and innovate using technology. At the end of the programme, students are expected to be able to pitch and showcase their inventions at the BYM Open Day, which will also serve as a platform to engage with parents and teachers.
Since its launch, the BYM initiative has received overwhelming response from 75 Group ICT staff volunteers to the programme. Forty-six of them have been assigned to mentor the students as Project Coaches, Communications Trainers alongside ARUS Academy trainers, as well as to be committee members for key activities under the programme.
PETRONAS Group ICT employees try their hands on a Maker Education activity at the BYM Mentor Onboarding Session in January 2017
Students from SMK Seksyen 7 and SMK Damansara Jaya at their first BYM lesson on 7 February 2017