Southeast Asia governments urged to subsidise digital upskilling

Southeast Asian governments are being called upon to offer generous subsidies for digital upskilling amid rapid economic and technological changes.

As digital literacy becomes non-negotiable in the modern workplace, governments and the private sector must work together to build an inclusive ecosystem for workforces across the Southeast Asia region.

Countries like Singapore and Malaysia have already implemented successful government upskilling initiatives.

Experts suggest that regional governments lagging in digital literacy should initiate workforce digital upskilling subsidy programs, partially funded by governments, to allow individuals or corporate employees to enroll in digital skills training provided by third parties.

Such a government-subsidised fund could help individuals without the financial means to participate in training and keep the region competitive in the face of rapid technological advancements.

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Chief of Staff Asia