ROSATOM challenges world leaders to implement human-centred skills solutions

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The Director General of ROSATOM, which is supporting Zambia’s moves to develop a nuclear science industry, has issued an invitation to world leaders from politics, business and education to join a debate to urgently implement human-centred solutions that can help solve the widening global skills gap and worsening talent shortage.

Around 6% of the world’s GDP has been lost due to these issues according to latest research unveiled at a panel discussion attended by ROSATOM Director General Alexey Likhachev.

“Free trade has been good for the world economy but the rapid pace of globalisation and the digital revolution have left many behind. Now is the time to act, so nobody will be left behind,” said Mr Likhachev, the head of one of the world’s biggest nuclear energy technology providers, who was speaking at a roundtable event at SPIEF ’19 (St. Petersburg International Economic Forum).

Rosatom recently announced an opportunity for African students to receive scholarships to help develop the next generation of African nuclear scientists and engineers. The scholarships fully cover tuition fees. Students from Zambia are among those benefiting from the scholarships, which offer several study options at Russian universities specialising in nuclear engineering. Over 50 Zambians are already studying nuclear in Russia.

“Not a single company, not a single state, not even the largest one in the world can change the labour market culture on its own. To avoid wasting time, we need to agree on a roadmap to enact a set of human-centred principles to solve this pressing skills gap issue. We have already found the right set of principles, now we need to build a census among the top experts and leaders from the industrialised world how to bring these human-centred solutions to life.”

The five human-centred principles which were presented during the panel event attended by several high-ranking figures from government and industry are as follows:

●    Skills of the future (everyone should be equipped with future proof basic skills – including cognitive, social, cultural and digital)

●    Self-sustainability (everyone has the right to follow a unique and individual career path during their entire professional development)

●     Skills liquidity (information on job vacancies should be easily accessible around the world; employees hired only on skills and experience, regardless of education, gender, race, social status or physical health)

●   Labor market transparency (labour mobility, flexible and remote ‘virtual’ employment should be available to all, regardless of current place of residence)

●    Diversity of values (the workplace and working conditions should support the professional and personal development of each employee, regardless of their values and beliefs)

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