First Stakeholder Forum of the ‘Digitising European Industry Initiative’

Tuesday 31 January 2017

UNI Europa’s Regional Secretary Oliver Roethig will play an active part in the ‘First Stakeholder Forum’ of the ‘Digitising European Industry’ initiative, organised by the European Commission and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy on 31 January and 1 February 2017.

Oliver Roethig will speak at a session on ‘Skills for the digital age – Challenges, best practices and initiatives’. He will emphasise the need to regulate the digital revolution at the national and European level, with social partners, employers and trade unions being the best equipped and placed to manage such change: ‘We need a modern education and training system that offers training to everybody in the labour market, including crowd workers and those working in the sharing economy. Workers must be systematically enabled and encouraged to update and develop their skills sets through lifelong learning. We need a legally enforceable right to paid education and training leave and structures for the recognition of skills and qualifications.’ He added that ‘we further need a strong mechanism for skill anticipation, skill matching and job placement with social partners at the centre, to ensure skills keep up with rapidly changing technologies and changing workplaces.’

The Stakeholder Forum is a yearly public event co-organised by the European Commission and the Member States. The German Secretary of State, Matthias Machnig, and Commissioner Günther Oettinger will deliver opening speeches.