NETFLIX last week signed a pledge to partner with the World Economic Forum’s Digital ASEAN working group to the region develop creative and digital skills for the Fourth Industrial Revolution via a series of trainings workshops.
The company said in a statement that the pledge is part of the World Economic Forum’s ASEAN Digital Skills Vision 2020 program, a private-public project that seeks to train up 20 million workers in digital skills by 2020.
Netflix will work with various partners to hold workshops and trainings, which will initially be carry throughout the next six months in Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam, with more under consideration in the future, it said.
“As Netflix grows, we are partnering with Southeast Asian governments and industry players to support the development of digital creative skills needed in a fast-developing internet entertainment landscape. We believe having the necessary skills for the creative industry; being equipped for online safety and digital literacy; as well as understanding the principles for an agile governance framework will be integral to the success of initiatives like the ASEAN Connectivity Master Plan,” Yu-Chuang Kuek, managing director of Netflix Asia-Pacific, was quoted as saying in the statement.
Netflix said its pledge involves initiatives focused on three areas.
First, Creative Industry 4.0 Skills Development will focus on the skills required to produce content for the internet entertainment industry, including writing, production, and post-production.
Meanwhile, the area of Online Safety and Digital Literacy aims to equip consumers with knowledge and tools to enjoy online entertainment in a safe and secure way. Initiatives will be rolled out in partnership with industry experts, consumer advocacy groups, as well as regulators, Netflix said.
Lastly, under the area of Agile Governance 4.0, workshops and trainings will be held in partnership with stakeholders to help regulators navigate changes in the fourth industrial revolution and to keep pace with technological advancements, it said.
“Key public-private partnerships like this play a vital role in ensuring societies and governments across the region are equipped with the necessary skills and not left behind in the wake of this technological revolution,” said Justin Wood, Head of Asia Pacific and Member of the Executive Committee at the World Economic Forum.
“This program is delivering significant impact. In its first eight months, the initiative has already secured commitments to train 8.9 million workers at SMEs, as well as to provide 30,000 internships,” Mr. Wood said.