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Digitale Transformation

Germany gets bad marks when it comes to IT training

Digitization continues to generate new occupational profiles while qualification lags behind. These are the findings of the current TNS Infratest survey "Educational Trends in Germany 2017".

07 Mar. 2017
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(Source: Bitkom)

In the analysis conducted on behalf of Studiengemeinschaft Darmstadt 300 HR managers in German companies were interviewed. Two thirds of them confirmed that their company was strongly to very strongly affected by digitization – and at all levels of qualification. Companies currently focus their training activities primarily on software (70%), followed by IT security policies (59%), and the skilled use of collaboration and communication tools (58%) as well as the Internet (55%). For all the digital skills surveyed, the current range of training is in some cases well below the importance they are given by the personnel managers.

Bitkom CEO, Dr. Bernhard Rohleder, already warned last year that companies must recognize that "digital literacy training is a necessity rather than a nice-to-have". In the survey "New Work – How Digitization is Changing Our Jobs" , the experts looked into the question of what is preventing companies from improving the digital skills of their employees. According to the Bitkom, the biggest hurdles are pricing, uncertainty in assessing the quality of offers, and the fact that companies find the training market to be lacking transparency and difficult to get an overview of.