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Educating for a Digital Future

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The bridge to the future is further education, says Germany's labor minister.
  • Why it matters

    Why it matters

    Many traditional business models are crumbling under the onslaught of disruptive business practices in the digital age. Employers and employees alike are going to have to adapt, starting today.

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    • According to an OECD study, today in Germany one person in every five is barely able to read a short text with simple vocabulary.
    • Today employers are investing most in the skills and development of employees who are already better qualified than their peers.
    • Employers and unions in the metal and electrical industry have already begun to build part-time education into the work and wage structure.

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We are witnessing a fundamental transformation of the world of work, which is not only changing large factories in urban centers but reaches all of us in our everyday lives.

With the right approach, we have two great opportunities: digitalization, and also the refugees, to help us create a highly productive future with good jobs and well paid jobs, despite our aging population.

Training and education will play a key role as continuing education is the most effective form of insurance against unemployment. It creates opportunities for individuals and for business and society, making sure that we take everyone with us down the road into the future – that everyone will be useful.

A new law takes effect on August 1 to strengthen the preventative orientation of unemployment insurance, called “Unemployment Insurance Protection and Education and Training Strengthening Law.”

It creates stronger instruments for professional development, by making employment market policies both preventative and enabling. That helps us to determine which skills we need for the digital employment world and how to develop them, expand them and keep them fresh, questions which will matter more and more in the future.

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