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Officials and workers receive different levels of training

the Digitization of a rapidly changing labour market. It applies to employees to keep up with developments and adapt to the new market conditions, and for the r

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Officials and workers receive different levels of training

the Digitization of a rapidly changing labour market. It applies to employees to keep up with developments and adapt to the new market conditions, and for the required training. But the unions are unhappy with the way companies manage the supply of know-how.

According to the TCO, which organizes the 14 trade unions, skills development, the major issue for their members.

– the Industry is facing a major mismatches and there is a lack of strategic thinking around the development of skills. Many companies think that they should get hold of the right skills through recruitment rather than training the existing staff, who are already the business, " says Henrik Ehrenberg, socio-political head of the Union.

for the development of skills between different professional groups. The proportion of officials and academics involved in running staff training has always been higher than the workers. At least training is it within the LO-job, according to SCB's statistics.

But a new study by researchers from Sweden, Norway, Finland and Denmark, suggest that there may be a difference on how the training is given to officials and workers.

the Officials expressed a degree of frustration that it was not given the same organized forms of training, " says Anna Hedenus, a researcher in work science at Gothenburg university, who participated in the study.

with workers and officials at two large Swedish industrial companies. It shows that the officials in to a greater extent themselves are expected to take responsibility for their own development, while companies have a more organized skills development for the workers.

– Since the officials are working with the innovations and forward-looking strategic work and that the digitisation is changing the working conditions so fast so it becomes difficult to predict what skills will be needed in the future, " says Anna Hedenus.

It is underpinned by a survey from the TCO, which shows that middle-aged officials worry most that they do not receive sufficient skills development to keep pace with developments in their profession or industry.

the worst affected by the digital changes, which imposes new requirements on continuing education to keep themselves up to date. But LO,-the economist Thomas Carlén refers to the statistics that show that workers despite the fact it receives the least training.

Thomas Carlén, economist at the LO. Photo: Pressphoto.

and with digitisation experience perhaps the officials of the day a little bit more of the challenge that the workers have lived with for a long time. Namely, that automation can take place among the officials, and not just through the new robots on the factory floor, " he says.

The study shows that development requires a more adaptable staff.

– It becomes less important to have the right skills from the beginning and instead it is more important to have an easy to learn, " says Anna Hedenus, university of Gothenburg.

las skills become a hot issue partly has divided the unions. The question is whether the level of employment protection in a greater extent than before to build on skills.

Anna Hedenus, a researcher in work science at Gothenburg university. Photo: Pressphoto

"To employers that job security shall change for the benefit of the assessment of competence, and should the policy be credible, must skills be a key factor in the future security of employment when the labour market is changing," says Henrik Ehrenberg, socio-political head of the Union.

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