No Individual Is Untrainable


The words 'upskill' and 'retrain' accompany almost every report on jobs. How can companies work with employees who find it a struggle.

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to batter the economy, the threat to jobs remains formidable. According to the Ministry of Manpower, retrenchments in the second quarter more than doubled to 8,130 from the first quarter figure of 3,220.

Global economic uncertainties are likely to continue weighing down the labour market for the rest of the year.

In fact, the narrative of “upskilling and reskilling is crucial to survival and long-term employability” is not new, given that the job market has been hit by multiple economic crises over the years.

The cliché, “gone are the days when you can count on a job for life” has also permeated most labour-related discussions.

In this context, employers often speak about a group of workers who find it more challenging than others to get on board – the people who are “set in their ways”, don’t seem to see the value of keeping up and might even be “untrainable.”

Each crisis seems to uncover more such individuals who could end up being unemployable long after the crisis is over.

Even the experts agree that continual upskilling and reskilling are imperative as the economy undergoes structural changes precipitated by the crisis.

"We can change our lives. We can do, have and be exactly what we wish." - Tony Robbins.


-cited, channelnewsasia