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FORECASTING THE DISRUPTIVE SKILLSET ALIGNMENT INDUCED BY THE FORTHCOMING INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION
Authors:
Mónica Martins de Andrade Régio, Marcelo Rudolfo Calvete Gaspar, Luís Manuel do Carmo Farinha, Maria Margarida Afonso de Passos Morgado
Abstract:
According to the World Economic Forum, in less than five years from now, over one-third of skills that are considered important in today’s workforce will have changed. By 2020, a Fourth Industrial Revolution is expected to have promoted an exponential pace of change in every aspect of how we live and how we work. In a near future, the increase of digital interconnectivity will promote the emergence of new business models that have no longer to be limited by geographic borders and constraints. This may represent major opportunities as well as interesting challenges to low density and peripheral territories. In the light of the disruptive changes driven by this set of events, it is important to assess current workers’ skills in order to develop dedicated strategies that will foster the envisaged skillset alignment. To this end, a pilot experience was developed in the region of Castelo Branco, classified as a peripheral territory in the Portuguese context. Structured and semi-structured interviews were conducted in diverse industrial and service driven companies in order to assess the local workforce language skills, as well as their intercultural communication abilities. Preliminary findings show that even though labourers are aware of their needs related to the aforementioned communication skills, much work is still needed to promote its widespread increase in local companies.
Keywords:
Regional ecosystems, peripheral territories, 4th Industrial Revolution, workforce skillsets, intercultural communication.
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