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Experts insist technology disruptions creating employment


While technology is causing disruption across all sectors, and expected to displace jobs, the deployment is creating jobs for youths, who are embracing innovation to break new grounds, a group of expert have said.

Expert said as the world is looking towards going paperless, digital printing is an electronic form of communication that saves money, space, boost productivity through human capacity, make documentation and information sharing easier, keep personal information more secured and help the environment.

Head of Production Technology, Xerox Middle East Operations, Chris Lynch, who stated these at the unveiling of multipurpose coloured digital printing press machines in Lagos, said technology, is changing the workplace as innovations become more prevalent, with organisations looking to make their production floors more efficient and experience growth.He noted that although innovations are perceived as opportunities for saving of labour, new skills are required to operate the technologies, which he said, are abundant among the youth.

Lynch said digital printing does not displace jobs, but rather requires training and retraining of people to work in certain areas that add value to an organisation, especially as the world is now technologically-driven.He explained that for every dollar that it made in the print industry in terms of revenue, “there are three other dollars in the work floor from when file is first receive from a client, through to communication with the clients to preparing, printing, finishing and delivery,” adding that this requires many hands, roles, and jobs to do.

Also speaking, the General Manager, Sales and Marketing, Femi Abidoye, said while technology enables more efficient, speedy and automated process that removes steps that were once handled by people’s hands, digital printing provides new ways to grow the press business, not just to reduce cost, but to expand using human capacity.

“For example, working in the e-business means you are going to have some different people handling client requirements, have different skills of people understanding file format, programming them so they can become the next e-print as opposed to their physical print. This requires some new retraining and skills, so the automation reduces the cost, which is the new skills that gives the growth,” he added.


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