The YES! team
We are the YES!-Team of the Richard-Hallmann-School in Trappenkamp, which now joins this competition for the third time. This year, we represent our school. Our topic: “Skills for the new digital age” – our goal: to change something!
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The digital age comes with far-reaching technological transformations. The emergence of the “Internet of Things” fosters networked production, allowing to satisfy diversified consumers’ demands. While those changes on the production side will help to better match consumers’ demand, they will also lead to substantial changes in the nature of labour demand.
The ongoing technological transformations are potentially labour-saving, allowing for a substitution of labour, i.e. human workforce, with capital, i.e. machinery. This does not only refer to the quantity of labour input, but also to its quality. However, technological change does also have the potential to create new jobs for workers who are able to complement technology with their specific skills. The structure of labour demand will change, increasingly rewarding human skills which complement technology. Broadly speaking, the employability of workers depends on their human capital, i.e. the aggregate cognitive and non-cognitive skills they have acquired over the course of their life-cycle. Those skills can be classified into three structurally different (though partially overlapping) sets of skills, namely “theoretical skills”, “practical skills” and “non-cognitive skills”.
Providing an educational infrastructure for vocational training, which conveys practical skills as well as theoretical and non-cognitive skills, is thus one essential prerequisite to successfully prepare workers for the digital age.
What skills for the new digital age are required and how to best teach them? What are principles for the education and training in the digital age? How to revisit the national education and training policies against the background of the current technological transformations? What measures must be taken to ensure a high employability of the workforce? Which incentives are needed to participate in advanced training?
Pictures (from top to bottom): (c) ZBW / Kai Meinke, (c) shutterstock.com / a-image, (c) Kiel Institute for the World Economy