Professionals across industries need to upgrade their skills to match market demand. PMI South Asia is partnering with the Confederation of Indian Industry to bridge the skills divide in the workforce in traditional industries and improve the competitiveness of organizations.
The COVID-19 pandemic has helped break down some of the toughest barriers to change, accelerating the adoption of new technologies, skillsets, and ways of working across industries. Sectors like automotive, construction, manufacturing, and heavy industry are witnessing a rapid shift from traditional operating models to tech-enabled operations to improve business agility and productivity. According to the PMI’s Pulse of the Profession™ report, 82% of project professionals in India see digital transformation as a key driver of change in their organizations in the past year. However, digital transformation is not easy for any organization – they need to not just upgrade processes but also upskill their people to adopt a digital mindset.
Leading industry association, the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), recently tied up with PMI South Asia to offer skilling opportunities to employees of CII member organizations. PMI will custom create a range of offerings for these organizations to raise the competitiveness of the manufacturing and allied core industries. These will be delivered in the form of knowledge sessions, self-paced learning courses, and certifications. PMI will offer guidance and empower project professionals and changemakers with new skills, capabilities, and knowledge to help them deliver greater value to their organizations.
Organizations need such enterprise-wide skilling strategies to make transformation a success. In today’s Project Economy, fast and flexible is the name of the game for teams in response to unprecedented change and complexity caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Organizations will need to upgrade not just their employees’ technical skills but also project management skills and strategic business management skills.
Companies need new policies and practices that encourage employees to take ownership of their own development, and maneuver quickly to the new work environment.
Project managers need to continuously access the skills gaps in their teams and proactively introduce new learning initiatives. For instance, a project team in a construction company that needs to collaborate across all project phases now needs to get used to remote collaboration. Or supply chain managers need to develop critical thinking to analyze the vast amount of data at their disposal and improve decision-making, and a strategic mindset to drive business results. Project managers hence need to assess the team’s familiarity with digital tools, business understanding, and communication skills.
Besides digital fluency, teams need power skills such as collaborative leadership, emotional intelligence, problem-solving, resilience, and an innovative mindset to thrive in the changing business environment.
Manage South Asia reached out to senior practitioners in traditional, project-oriented industries to understand how they are equipping their employees with new capabilities to deliver business results.