An important part of Best Smart Consulting is continuous communication with partner companies in order to understand the "labor market" movements, training needs and problems that the Romanian industry needs to solve. In meetings and discussions with specialists in human resources departments, with industry executives from different industries, the same concern appears recurrent: lack of "fit" employees.
Paradoxically, Romania has the highest economic growth in Europe in 2017 in the context of a seemingly acute shortage of qualified staff to support industrial growth. From the industry's point of view, the new generation of operators, engineers or managers is generally poorly trained, but who in hiring negotiations demand equivalent benefits to positions far beyond their training.
Nerve or naive ... anyway it would be labeled most of the discussions converge to the conclusion of the lack of preparation of the new generation to support industrial growth.
We live in a century of technology, we are preparing for the new industrial revolution "Industry 4.0" ... How will we deal with this revolution? Who is going to carry it forward???
The question we are asking is, how do I evaluate the truly critical skills in the context of "Industry 4.0"? Who is really left behind? Are we not trying to assess with inappropriate criteria current technological and industrial tendencies a generation more prepared than we to take completely different manufacturing processes, automated, robotic and connected to different web platforms or complex digital networks? We do not test new employees if they know how to work disciplined and fair in the context in which technology will ask the real question: do they know how to create, communicate and solve problems?The Davos Economic Forum in 2016 presents the Future of Jobs Report, which presents the 10 key skills for employees in 2015 compared to 2020.
10 critical skills for employees from the Industry 4.0 perspective
|1. Complex Problem Solving||Complex Problem Solving|
|2. Critical Thinking||Coordination with Others|
|3. Creativity||People Management|
|4. People Management||Critical Thinking|
|5. Coordination with Others||Negociation|
|6. Emotional Inteligence||Quality Control|
|7. Thinking and decision making||Service orientation|
|8. Service orientation||Thinking and decision making|
|9. Negociation||Active Listening|
|10. Cognitive Flexibility||Creativity|
By 2020, it is foreseen that the Fourth Industrial Revolution will transform the way we work, live and interact. Many jobs involving predictable and routine tasks will be replaced by robots and industrial machines. In turn, new employees will have to be prepared for the 10 core skills to be prepared for the future.
Why are these skills presented by the "Future of Jobs Report" so important?
Advanced technologies will solve most problems by programming.
However, high-level skills that involve creativity, critical thinking and emotional intelligence are hard, if not impossible, technologically replicated. Easy-to-learn skills will be easy to copy and automate.
Until the employees will learn the unique human abilities, they will risk losing their jobs.
Until companies learn to assess differently the skills of the new generation, they will risk losing valuable employees in the perspective of an industrial future, not very distant.
In the next 10 to 20 years there will be trades and specializations that no one would have suspected at the beginning of the century, and it is very important for Romania to align with these changes.
Does the apparent lack of qualified staff in fact not be the signal of a generation better prepared for the future than the "classical" industry rating systems?