The digital revolution, spreading all over, highlights that the real differences between economies and companies focus on the technological skills. Digital divide and lack of concrete knowledge are already and will be more and more an obstacle for businesses that cannot find competent professionals with an adequate instruction.
Italy, despite the innovation introduced with 4.0 industry is still far from the skills level of the players that is mostly in touch with.
The research “Skills Outlook 2019” edit by OECD (Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development) compares the internal situation of different countries in automation and its consequences on daily life. It emerges that half of the workers will be involved in digitalization. For a third of them, these changes will be disruptive and will completely change their jobs.
The focus on the Italian situation highlights the lack of basic skills necessary to better develop digital knowledge, both on a personal and professional level. Only 36% of the Italians is able to use Internet in a complex and diversified way, while the average of the OECD countries is 58%.
Italian workers need an adequate instruction to avoid the automation risk, such as the risk to be replaced by robots. Nevertheless, only 30% of the Italian employed attended trainings last year, against an OECD average of 42%. Among the ones more exposed to the automation risk there are the less qualified workers, which have even less chances to develop their skills.