Digital Skills Gap Report 2020
Our report, prepared in partnership with KOHORTEN Sozial- und Wirtschaftsforschung presents the results of the Digital Skills Gap Study while examining developments of AI and the impact on companies and the workforce of tomorrow.
Digital skills are essential for the economy. But, according to our study, they fall by the wayside in the German education system. And with more than three-quarters (78%) of teachers in secondary education convinced that the German education system is not sustainable, the future looks bleak unless a change is made.
The students coming through the education system of today make up the workforce of tomorrow. Without employees having a thorough understanding of all disciplines of digitisation, companies in the digital age will lose touch and not maintain a competitive edge.
However, our study found that curricula and infrastructure are mostly inadequate. Around half (49%) of the teachers surveyed describe the preparation by the school system as insufficient or at best, just sufficient. Every second teacher is demanding new teaching concepts in order to prepare students for the ‘Working World 4.0’.
The deficits in the digitalisation of schools thus require fundamental changes in order to enable employees of tomorrow to meet the demands of a technology-driven economy.
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More about the report:
Our report is broken into three parts; the first part of the report shows, based on extensive research, the challenges companies have to expect in the near future: how and in what time frame will the world of work change? What should companies be preparing for today so that they do not lose out in global competition?
The second part deals the core question of the study: what competences do we need, what do we teach and what contribution does the German school system make to the future competitiveness of German companies? Teachers from secondary schools as well as managers from different companies and industries answer this question. It is also about how sustainable and, above all, resilient the education system is in the face of these changes.
Part three concludes with a discussion of the challenges posed by artificial intelligence and machine learning and the reflections of managers and teachers on how AI can serve humankind.