Skills for smart industrial specialisation and digital transformation
Final report - Study
Professionals with high-tech skills have a strong potential to serve the growing needs created by smart industrial specialisation and digital transformation. They offer a solid foundation for the work of the future. The competitiveness of the European industry is highly dependent on the knowledge, competencies and creativity of its workforce. Skills shortages and gaps combined with mismatches between labour supply and demand, harm investment. They are already quite significant and are likely to widen due to the major disruption the Fourth Industrial Revolution brings to the scale at which... training efforts currently take place. The skills for industry initiative aims at developing a common vision and actions on skills for smart industrial specialisation and digital transformation with a view to increase the capacity of industry, trade unions, education and training organisations, and policymakers to shape the workforce transformation in Europe. It aims to help cities, regions and Member States in designing and implementing ambitious upskilling and reskilling policies. Smart industrial specialisation refers to the coordination within specific regions between industrial, governmental and academic players to develop a collective strategy for regional economic development by prioritising industrial sectors where the region has key competitive advantages. The concept emerged in conjunction with the smart specialisation strategy. In this process, the European cluster observatory has provided strong evidence by defining newly emerging industries and relevant sector-specific framework conditions needed for boosting their development. Thus, industry clusters have become one of the key catalysts in support of industrial specialisation. Given the need for critical mass in R&D and innovation, the industrial modernisation platform has been launched to allow for cross-border and cross-sector partnerships all across the European Union (EU) and to establish a stronger industrial capability and specialisation for smart industrial specialisation. To this end, the European Commission launched the Vanguard initiative in 2015 and the European observatory for clusters and industrial change in 2018.