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Provision and development of skills, including digital skills, in the context of new forms of work: new policies and changing roles and responsibilities

Provision and development of skills, including digital skills, in the context of new forms of work: new policies and changing roles and responsibilities

EESC opinion: Provision and development of skills, including digital skills, in the context of new forms of work: new policies and changing roles and responsibilities


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Many atypical forms of work are now being developed and the associated social risks should be dealt with by means of coordinated efforts by all stakeholders. Automation and robots are having an increasing impact on work. While they have the potential to stabilise the economy in an ageing society, they are also affecting jobs: it is therefore essential that social dialogue on this point takes place at an early stage. In future, lifelong learning and professional training will be a necessity for everyone, but long-term developments can best be tackled through general education.