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Skills for Industry 4.0


Lovecchio Consulting
Industry 4.0 Skills Digital Transformation

There is a strong “mismatch” of skills between supply and demand, and this does not help either the labor market or the return on investment in the industrial revolution 4.0.

The new approaches dictated by digital transformation initiatives, like Industry 4.0 and so on, are radically changing the ways of working, the human-machine-technology relationship, and the attitudes and skills required. When any geographical or national barrier is broken, competitiveness is encouraged for those capable of delivering value properly.

As any industrial transformation that took place in the past, the current one, the fourth, (after the steam engine, electricity, and information technology), seems perhaps to be the most underestimated or to have the least impact on life and work behaviors. Instead, it is known that the changes taking place over the past three to four years have actually had more impact than those that occurred in the last hundred years. It is estimated that about 65% of children who attend primary school today will have a job that does not exist today.

The substitution of labor with capital, of capital with information and information with widespread and interconnected knowledge between and within devices redistributes and redefines the concept of knowledge itself, and consequently the skills necessary to govern this new scenario.

What makes the difference is the availability of real-time information in any business environment. Think about the operators of industrial machinery: they increase productivity when they have “data in the palm of their hand” about the machine status, the order scheduling, the unpredictable events that occur daily upstream and downstream along the supply chain.

Digital transformation is different from the previous industrial transformations, for many reasons, including:

  • The speed of events;
  • The number of people and industries involved, except for some rare exceptions in monopolistic environments;
  • The absence of barriers and geographical boundaries: anyone who knows how to grasp the advantages can be more competitive;
  • The unexplored threats and opportunities: just think about artificial intelligence, autonomous robotics, etc.

Therefore, these scenarios require new efforts in innovation and re-skilling activities that have never been seen before. This is evident with the recent initiatives like those undertaken by the “World Economic Forum” (The future of jobs, 2016), the European Community (new skills agenda for Europe), and other international institutions.





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