Over the next 5 years soft and hybrid skills will play a deciding role

15 may 2019 | ComNews

"Supporting talent and personalising education are the main goals and drivers that are supposed to supply the new digital economy with skilled labor," noted Sergey Leschenko, deputy head of the Analytical Center's project office for implementation of the digital economy national program as he commented in an interview for ComNews on the government resolution on the rules for the provision of grants in the form of subsidies from the federal treasury to non-profit organizations.

Sergey Leschenko
Sergey Leschenko
Project Management Office for Implementing the Digital Economy of the Russian Federation Program

According to Mr. Leschenko, the document just approved by the Cabinet of Ministers aims to try and attract additional resources, including highly skilled labor and experience to help implement a number of activities included in the federal project Human Resources for the Digital Economy that is part of the Digital Economy program. Speaking of such activities as creating proper conditions for people to achieve effective self-improvement and self-actualization, creating a functioning network of centers at higher education institutions to develop digital university models, creating a chain of international research centers to promote best international practices in training and development of skilled human resources for the digital economy, accelerated training under higher education programs.

The expert noted that as part of the resolutions passed by the government the opinion of industry representatives and experts is always taken into account when implementing federal projects included in the Digital Economy program. "The proposals that have been looked at, primarily those that came from the Competencies Center for the University 20.35 federal project, are bound to get a lot of feedback from the interested organizations. It's a great opportunity for people to make use of their experience and competencies by participating in the efforts to achieve national development goals," he said.

Mr. Leschenko then went on to add that the Human Resources for the Digital Economy includes implementation of a number of measures to create basic conditions to encourage development of competencies for the digital economy. Specifically a more flexible personalized education system needs to be introduced. "While with traditional education emphasis is on the content of courses, in this new reality we can tweak various ways in which material is presented to students to a fine level of detail and build for each student a personalized training and personal development path," he explained.

In addition, the expert also believes that steps must be taken to ensure people have access to education throughout their life for life-long learning. "This is achieved by offering affordable education programs at every stage of the professional development. We are trying to ensure that in our Human Resources for the Digital Economy project where we've included support for high school education, on the job training for people who are already employed and before the end of this year a free online training system should be made available to ensure education is accessible on a mass scale," Mr Leschenko said.

Speaking about the most relevant fields in which the training should be provided for the digital economy the expert noted that mathematics, digital technologies and computer science remain key areas and it's vital that they continue to be supported. Meanwhile, soft and hybrid skills are expected to play a deciding role over the next 5 years.