On 11 December as part of the 2020 Skillman International Forum, the Assembly of European Regions hosted the webinar “New mobility services: Anticipating skills and job roles”. This webinar brought together experts working in the new mobility sector, who exchanged perspectives and examples of how emerging skill needs and professional profiles are being integrated into this growing sector by regions and private stakeholders.
The event was part of the series of webinars on EU funding opportunities organised by AER within the Erasmus+ project Skillnet. These webinars bring together experts in different fields linked to vocational education and training (VET) and aim to build partnerships for future EU project proposals.
Transformation of mobility services and the need to embrace the change
New mobility services offer potential solutions to a wide range of growing challenges like congestion, lack of space, rising populations, air quality, noise pollution, social inclusion, health, economic development, and job creation. However, the sector must be fully prepared if we are to make the most of these opportunities. Edwin Mermans, Senior advisor at the Department of Mobility and Infrastructure of the Noord-Brabant Process (NL) and process manager of New Mobility Services, highlighted that there is a growing skills shortage in the mobility services sector which could seriously delay the development of the services and hurt customers’ expectations. To bridge this gap, it is vital to understand what skills the future workforce will need, and retrain workers so they can make the best of this emerging labour market.
Regional perspectives on re-skilling for new mobility services
Two examples from regions were presented during the webinar, which shed light on how regions are tackling the skills shortage within new mobility services.
Ms Federica Rossetti, Innovation Manager at Innovazione Automative e Metalmeccanica based in the Abruzzo region (IT), presented the Erasmus+ project ‘A.U.T.O 4‘. This project focused on meeting the skill needs within manufacturing companies in the area of smart technologies by developing tailored training and education programmes; supporting the transition towards new mobility services.
A.U.T.O 4 brought together partners from four countries (Italy, Spain, German, and the UK) who worked together in the identification of “qualification profiles” and/or “occupational profiles” for the workforce in the automobile production. Using a mutually developed methodology, they identified newly required skills that have been analysed to define existing job profiles to adapt, as well as new job profiles to be boosted. As a result of the analysis, a new job profile, “Automotive Digital Mechatronic X.0.”, has been identified at the European level.
As explained by Carlo Poledrini, Director at the Arst (Sardinian Regional Transport Entity), new mobility services also offer solutions for the creation of new jobs. Mr Poledrini provided a detailed overview of the how the transport sector has evolved in the Sardinian region, the new skills demanded by the sector, and how the region is assessing these needs. He underlined that a greater emphasis on soft skills, digital skills, and enhanced specific managerial competences are fundamental and urgent for the development of the sector. Actions must be supported with innovative and up-to-date education and training schemes, as well as the establishment of specific career paths from secondary school onwards (as for the electrical transition of buses and rolling stocks).
Both speakers concluded that the mismatch between the current skills and the new mobility services sector’s needs can only be tackled through joint action, and underlined the importance of EU funding opportunities in bridging this gap.
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