A scheme designed to upskill factory workers is not only helping them prepare for the future of work, but also increasing their digital literacy in their everyday lives, the Spinoff reveals. Nearly 60% of Auckland’s Pacific workforce are employed in jobs that are vulnerable to the changing technological nature of work. But Sleepyhead’s owners The Comfort Group are hoping a new scheme will help workers upskill to face the increasing demands of working in hi-tech factories. The company has signed up to the Auckland Pacific Skills Shift, a $8 million government-funded programme being delivered by council-controlled organisation Auckland Unlimited.

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