Members of the federal government on Friday emphasized the importance of training skilled workers against the background of green transformation and digitalization.
The comment at the press conference was that the changes will increasingly be reflected in the labor market and lead to changes in many job profiles. Relevant challenges will be discussed at the “High Level Skills Conference” to be held today at the Ministry of Economy.
Green transformation: Government discusses changes in the labor market
At the conference, national and international experts in the field of labor market and vocational education, representatives of authorities and social partners come together to exchange ideas about developments in the labor market. Additionally, awareness should be raised about various training and further education opportunities.
“Education and further training are crucial factors for individual success in the labor market, but of course they are also crucial for social transformation,” said Minister of Labor and Economy Martin Kocher (ÖVP) ahead of the event. It is therefore important to direct the political focus towards adequacy measures that ensure fairness to the changes. Kocher touched upon measures such as making changes to higher vocational education and expanding or extending the education bonus.
Changes in the labor market: Gewessler thinks Austria is on the right track
From the perspective of EU Social Commissioner Nicolas Schmit, the climate-neutral design of the economy and advancing digitalization will require “many new or at least somewhat adapted skills.” He defended the “right to further education,” which would require major efforts in the coming years. Because: “We cannot achieve transformation without more education.” Austria praised Schmit as a role model in this regard, especially in the field of dual education.
Climate Protection Minister Leonore Gewessler (Greens) thinks Austria is on the right track in terms of changes in the labor market. Many “climate jobs” are being created right now, which is “very, very good news” in times of great uncertainty. She also recalled relevant initiatives of the federal government, such as the revision of job profiles, especially to promote specialized skills.
Youth Minister Claudia Plakolm (ÖVP) emphasized the importance of apprenticeship in training skilled workers. This is the guarantee of “appropriate practical” competence and the belief that teaching will make a difference in the spirit of green transformation. The important thing now is to “transmit the positive image of the teacher to the outside world”.