18/05/18 Digital Skills for the Automotive Industry

The Commission has committed to support the acquisition of new digital skills, retraining and reskilling of the workforce on a broad scale. As action points were put forward in both the communications on disinformation and AI beginning of May 2018.

The Commission has now released their communication on automated mobility and has reiterated their commitment to digital skills with its digital single market strategy, and Skills Agenda for Europepriority is put on digital skills at all levels, from basic to high-end. As automated mobility may well cause a reduction in demand for professional drivers, it could also help to make driving jobs more attractive with the introduction of new technology.

In order to deliver sector- specific skills solutions, the Blueprint for Sectoral Cooperation on skills was launched as part of the Skills Agenda. The blueprint is a framework for strategic cooperation between key stakeholders such as businesses, trade unions research, education and training institutions, in order to overcome skills shortage and prepare for digital transition. Five pilot sectors have been selected for the first wave of calls and the automotive is one of them.

You can read the full communication on automated mobility here.