This is a guest blog from Marco Comastri, EMEA president at CA Technologies.
FASTER internet speeds and improved access mean our children today are being born into a truly digital society.
According to Mashable, 38 per cent of children under two years old use mobile media. With our children growing up with improved internet access, as a result of the European Commission’s Digital Agenda, the question is will our new digital citizens be able to translate these skills into the workplace?
Consuming media is one thing but understanding the technology and knowing how to implement it within a business environment is very different.
Translating knowledge of digital technologies into useful technology skills and the thinking required in the workplace is a key priority for businesses and Europe as whole; transferrable and useful skills for the future go some way in addressing the current levels of unemployment. Demand for employees with IT skills is growing by approximately 3% each year yet the number of graduates from computing sciences fell by 10% between 2006 and 2010. If this trend continues, there could be up to 900,000 unfilled IT roles in the EU by 2015. If we focus on developing the skills now, not only will we better prepare the workforce but we will also make small steps towards conquering unemployment.
Developing the skills to benefit individual businesses is crucial. IT, and technology in general, is a key industry and overall contributor to the future of how we live and work. It needs to be guiding the learning and development of young people in Europe.
The biggest challenge for Europe, however, is the impact this has on its positioning against other tech savvy regions such as Asia. The current gap is a potential threat to European competitiveness, not only to the IT sector itself, but to the economy as a whole.
As we continue to commit to creating this technology elite across Europe, it will be interesting to see not only how the European Commission continues to step up to the challenge unveiled in their latest report but also how other organisations – and the industry – embrace the skills gap and turn the digital youths into skilled individuals ready for the workplace. Through working together, we can create an economy that can compete effectively against other regions