Industry 4.0: Professionals wanted

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"New Skills for New Jobs" is the programme launched by the European Commission to promote better anticipation of future skills needs, develop better matching between demand/supply and bridge the gap between the worlds of education and work. The demand for skills that are more and more specific has been favoured, if not accelerated, by the fourth industrial revolution that requires companies to have increasingly expert and qualified professionals. However, according to the Eurostat data presented within the Statistical Observatory of Labour Consultants concerning the impact of industry 4.0 on the status of professions, in Italy only 9.3% of professionals participate in training activities, compared to the European average of 14.6%, 33.1% in Denmark and 23.3% in France.

A wake-up call for our Country, which is often unable to provide training for skilful and updated professionals. In August, Confartigianato gave an interesting picture of the situation: assuming the recruitment of over 117,000 technical experts in Innovation 4.0, it underlined that organisations in need of 32,570 mechatronics and energy graduates and 13,350 electronics and electrotechincs graduates, have problems in finding personnel. What are the most sought-after professions that are the most difficult to find? Workers involved in the installation of machine tools (unavailable for 64% of the expected hirings) followed by those engaged in the management of numerical control machinery (58% of the staff needed by companies is unavailable), then metal-mechanical and electro-mechanical workmen (43%) and 14.430 technical experts in information technology, engineering and production (39%).