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Cultivating Digital Talent and Job Security in Taiwan

Premier Chen Chien-jen was briefed by the Ministry of Labour on the second phase of the government’s youth employment investment programme (2023-2026). Phase two focuses on expanding high-quality industry-academia collaboration, guiding cross-disciplinary learning and the cultivation of digital talent and assisting young people in atypical employment (low job security part-time or temporary work) to transition to more secure full-time employment.

According to the premier, these measures will make it easier for young Taiwanese to obtain work while also promoting Taiwan’s economic development and national competitiveness.

To assist young people in finding jobs, the government undertook phase one of the programme between 2019 and 2022, which achieved concrete results despite the difficulties imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2022, the unemployment rate among people aged 15 to 29 was 8.38%, the lowest percentage since the 2008 global financial crisis and a decrease from 10.76% in 2009.

Premier Chen stated that the second phase concentrates on key factors for industry development and directly addresses five major public concerns regarding youth employment: career development, manpower supply and demand, youth unemployment, youth wages, and atypical employment.

Integrating resources from eleven ministries and agencies, the programme proposes objectives and strategies to aid young people in determining a career path, developing skills, securing equitable pay, and transitioning to full-time employment. The prime minister urged relevant ministries and agencies to promote the programme and conduct periodic evaluations to ensure its effectiveness.

In addition, strengthening and cultivating digital talent and assisting young people in precarious employment to transition into more secure full-time positions are crucial strategies for fostering economic growth and a resilient workforce in Taiwan. In the digital age, the demand for digital skills continues to grow, making it imperative for the nation to invest in the cultivation and retention of digital talent.

Taiwan is committed to improving its educational system so that young people have access to high-quality training and education in digital disciplines. This includes integrating digital literacy into school curricula and providing specialised programmes that prepare students for the digital employment market. Collaborations between academia, industry, and government can facilitate internships, apprenticeships, and mentoring programmes that provide practical experience and networking possibilities.

In addition to education, it is essential to cultivate an environment that encourages innovation and entrepreneurship. Taiwan can establish favourable conditions for startups and small businesses by providing tax breaks, grants, and capital access. Supporting innovation centres and incubators will foster the creation of new businesses and attract talented individuals to the digital sector.

Targeted reskilling and upskilling initiatives can help individuals acquire the skills necessary for higher-paying and more secure full-time employment. Accessible training programmes in emerging digital sectors such as data analytics, cybersecurity, and artificial intelligence can equip young workers with the skills required by the labour market.

Collaboration between government agencies, educational institutions, and industry stakeholders is essential for the success of these initiatives. By collaborating, these entities can develop comprehensive strategies, share resources, and create a sustainable ecosystem that promotes the development of digital talent and facilitates the transition to full-time employment.

Taiwan can not only resolve the challenges posed by the changing job market but also position itself as a leader in the digital economy by strengthening and cultivating digital talent and assisting young people in atypical employment. These initiatives will contribute to the overall growth and competitiveness of Taiwan’s workforce, resulting in sustained economic growth and enhanced living conditions for the country’s citizens.


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