Explaining the challenge of skills in Industry 4.0


In this magazine we have analysed reality, interpreted industrial revolutions and spread working culture


This issue of LINC is especially important. First of all, because it celebrates the 10 th anniversary of the magazine I founded in 2008 with the aim of drawing attention to the importance of work culture in Italy, and I believe that in these 10 years we have succeeded. In the next decade we intend to continue this discussion, focusing on the three pillars that have been our common thread over the years: future, people and sharing. The future, as complex as it may seem, should always be faced with optimism and determination. And we are thinking of a future in which people will continue to play a central role, because in the end only humans have the traits and skills necessary to enhance the effects and benefits of technology. Last but not least, we consider the Future of People through the sharing of concrete projects and actions. A good example is the partnership we presented this year between Experis Academy and Kilometro Rosso, one of the most virtuous cases showing how it is possible to overcome individualism to converge on solutions that address common problems. The ambition of the project shared with the many prestigious partners involved is to build an Ecosystem based around the Person. Experis Academy aims to shorten the time needed to adapt skills or to convert skill profiles that are no longer suited to the economy of local areas, by incorporating the specialised skills required by emerging or growing sectors. Successful models such as these must be shared and replicated in other markets, which is what we are doing in Europe with Experis Academy.

The need for a shared future

These are the topics we discussed this year at the Davos 2018 World Economic Forum, which focused on the theme “Creating a Shared Future in a Fractured World”. The process of globalisation, the technological transformation underway, the need to design a new future; all of this means that, in order to come out ahead in the global competition, companies must have access to increasingly advanced skills. Yet, they are often finding that these skills are still not available on the market. We need to increase skill levels through Upskilling, starting from skill adjacency, i.e. verifying the adjustment of peoples’ skills in relation to those requested by the market, followed by Reskilling, i.e. reconverting profiles based on the achievable skills required by companies. Skill adaptation initiatives also represent one of the possible solutions for combating social inequality. It is necessary to identify the skills needed by the market and to create clear and suitable growth paths, investing in schools, training for employment and facilitating the transition from one job to another. We need to speed up the requalification process and shorten the time needed for re-employment. It is our job to create the professions that are missing, support career development and turn them into the best resources for our client companies.

How to build professionalism

This is the mission of our new program MyPath , a platform that enables us to support and accompany our candidates and workers as they build and develop their careers in a more conscious and contemporary way, using a series of resources and tools both online and offline. This 360° growth path allows participants to acquire and assess their skills under the guidance of Manpower, directing people towards potential career developments and professional opportunities that are more in line with their individual profiles. We aim to be a constant point of reference for our workers throughout their professional careers, helping them continuously improve and develop their skills in order to remain valid resources on the labour market and thus “employable”. The MyPath project is always evolving to guarantee constant alignment with market needs (in demand skills). Today, in addition to a series of free content and tests, it offers the opportunity to purchase two specialised courses in Coding and Digital Marketing. Programs in Data Science, Cyber Security and Motorsports will also become available in the new year. In the report “Human strengths in the skills revolution” presented at Davos this year, we also highlighted how the best blend currently consists of a combination of soft, technical and digital skills.

Human strength is represented by the set of more traditional soft skills, such as communication, cooperation and creativity, which can enhance the effectiveness of technology and thus reduce the risk of humans being replaced by robots. Transversal skills will become increasingly important and in particular those related to interpersonal skills, especially through digital tools, cooperation, problem solving, organisational skills and leadership. Our commitment to accompanying people throughout the Upskilling and Reskilling (Learnability) process is joined by our support for business leaders in the digital transformation of organisations. It is necessary to train the leaders of tomorrow, working on the approach and key skills needed to guide them in the digital age. Starting from the awareness of how important it is to invest in the human capital of companies. Through LINC magazine, we want to continue sharing all of this, and how it is constantly evolving.

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