This is a guest blog post written by Alessandro Bogliolo, Associate Professor at University of Urbino and EU Code Week coordinator
Innovation has always affected the job market, both by creating new needs and job opportunities, and by increasing the productivity of individuals and companies. Robotization and digitization are nothing but the most recent effects of an unrestrainable trend pushed by the human ambition – supported by human intelligence and creativity – to increase efficiency and reduce fatigue. Nowadays, almost all jobs require, to some extent, digital proficiency.
This is both a challenge and an opportunity. The challenge is to provide suitable upskilling pathways to adults and new competences and soft skills to children and young people at school. The opportunity is to leverage ICT to delegate routine tasks, to lower the access barriers to innovation and to a digital single market. It is also an opportunity to create new types of jobs which are more focused on human qualities and soft skills that will never be replaced by machines: jobs that require intelligence, creativity, intuition, emotion, empathy, thought, relational capabilities and motivation.
We can achieve sustainable growth and social cohesion only by promoting the transversal skills essential to improve people's chances in life and to enable active citizenship. This is the aim of the new Skills Agenda for Europe. It's not only about development, competition and growth. It's a matter of democracy and human rights. Introducing coding and computational thinking in schools in Europe is an important step in the right direction.
Alessandro Bogliolo will speak at the "Impact of digital transformation on jobs and skills" session at the Digital Day on 23 March 2017.