Keeping pace with today’s rapidly changing labour market

Marianne Thyssen, Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility offers her thoughts on today’s rapidly changing labour market To succeed in today’s rapidly changing labour market, you need skills. And “static” skills will not be enough. Your skills have to evolve along with changes in the world of work, to keep pace with digitisation and technological change. Lifelong learning is the best way to keep up with these challenges – through education and training at all stages of life. […] Learners need skills to get jobs. Businesses depend on their skills to succeed. Already today, we need to know the skills of tomorrow – most urgently for innovative sectors including additive manufacturing, green technology and renewables, or cyber security. And for radically changing sectors, such as the automotive industry. This is why we’ve launched a “Blueprint for Sectoral Cooperation on Skills”. Industry-led partnerships will map skills needs and trends in their sector. Employers, employees and training institutions will work on new curricula to address skills gaps. I am bringing together public authorities, businesses and civil society actors who do not typically work together. We have kicked-off cooperation with twelve industries, ranging from car manufacturing to maritime shipping and from construction to tourism, to name but a few. We hope to expand this in the future.