The digital transition is rapidly transforming labour markets. While new professions are appearing that did not exist before, others are disappearing because of the automation of many jobs.
This shift from the physical to the digital world is forcing companies to adopt new ways of working and employees to adapt to the changes. Therefore, the first requirement for participating in this digital society is to ensure that all citizens have access to technology and the necessary training to benefit from the opportunities it offers.
Workers and critical groups need complementary training to address existing digital divides by age and gender. Collaborative efforts between the public and private sectors are essential to quickly identify the skills required to match labour supply and demand.
Fostering public-private cooperation will also be crucial to promote technology transfer between researchers and businesses. This will allow the rapid adaptation and implementation of advances made in the field of research.
The pandemic has stimulated innovation in the education sector through the many possibilities offered by new technologies. However, home schooling has not been available to all, aggravating pre-existing educational inequalities that need to be addressed with specific policies.
The digitalization of education is also enabling new learning opportunities based on the universalisation and democratization of access to knowledge, promoting equal opportunities. Digital skills and training for new professions must be incorporated by adding technological advances to the learning process and generating new qualifications. Vocational training has a key role to play as more than 70% of job vacancies require vocational training or technical qualifications.
To achieve this rapid digitisation of education systems, it will be necessary to create public-private ecosystems to foster learning adapted to today’s digital society.
Telefónica’s commitment to education
42 is a disruptive training model for all the digital challenges and profiles demanded by the labour market that breaks with traditional schemes and paradigms and incorporates a methodology based on gamification and “peer to peer”, and a philosophy focused on “learning to learn”.
Profuturo is a digital education programme set up by Fundación Telefónica and “la Caixa” whose mission is to reduce the educational gap in the world by providing quality digital education to children in vulnerable environments in Latin America, Africa and Asia.
MiriadaX is the first Ibero-American MOOC’s platform through which Telefónica is committed to promoting quality knowledge in Spanish and Portuguese through a lifelong learning model, which translates into personal development, employability and sustainability.