"Digital competencies" will play an increasingly important role in the labor market

29 june 2018

The Analytical Center held a discussion on the development of human resources in the digital economy. Experts believe it is important to ensure that the requirements and systems for assessing the knowledge and skills of employees take into account the goals and objectives of the digital economy.

"The key drivers of the digital economy's development are, first of all, qualified employees and a digitally competent population," said Vladimir Mesropyan, First Deputy Head of the Project Office for Implementation of the Digital Economy of the Russian Federation Program. The expert recalled that the Prime Minister, the Ministry of Digital Development and the Ministry of Economic Development, together with the Competence Center and the Working Group, are adjusting the previously approved action plan of events for the Human Resources and Education category of the Digital Economy of the Russian Federation national program.

"The key task in this process is to align the action plan with the current priorities and tools of the state policy in the related fields," said Mesropyan. "Today's event is dedicated to solving one such problem. We have to define the format of cooperation and the time frame for the integration of competencies that are necessary for the development of the digital economy in professional standards." The expert explained that competency analysis will be carried out using the infrastructure of regional Competence Assessment Centers to be established under the auspices of the National Council for Professional Qualifications under the President of the Russian Federation.

"A fundamentally new system for managing national qualifications, created jointly by employers, government, and social partners, should be the basis for a qualitative update of human resources under conditions of rapid change in technological contexts," stressed Alexander Leibovich, Director General, ANO National Agency for Qualifications Development. The expert believes that it is extremely important to make the tools of the national qualifications system flexible and convenient for market participants. "We are not working in a laboratory or a sandbox; on the contrary, we are interacting directly with all sectors of the economy and all social groups. This means that we should regularly consult with the widest possible range of experts to get feedback and improve all the mechanisms of the national qualifications system: we should update the requirements for qualifications, initiate procedures for their recognition by the professional community, assess their impact on the training system and solve a wide range of tasks in the fields of human resources management, adult training, etc." said Alexander Leibovich.  

The discussion considered the roadmap for development of the national qualifications system for 2018-2020, the mechanisms for the inclusion of "digital competencies" in the qualification requirements for employees, and the implementation of professional standards as exemplified by the "Project Management Specialist" professional standard. As a result of the discussion, the participants decided to clarify and supplement the relevant control points in the passport being developed for the Digital Economy Personnel federal project within the Digital Economy of the Russian Federation national program by elaborating the mechanisms for including "digital competencies" in the qualification requirements for employees.