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The role of Public Administrations in the future of work

The role of Public Administrations in the future of work

The role of Public Administrations is to design and facilitate innovative policies that accelerate positive changes to achieve a sustainable, inclusive and resilient future of work.

Public Administrations could accelerate positive change by designing and implementing innovative social, educational and employment policies to attain a more sustainable, inclusive and resilient future.

NextGenerationEU, the recovery tool that has been agreed within the European Union, is an ideal instrument both to ask the right questions and to provide the best solutions. The goal? A greener, more digital and more resilient Europe, better adapted to current and future challenges.

The countries that are committed to putting an end to economic and social inequalities, by making an effort to develop an increasingly sustainable economy —such as the Green Deal, proposed by the European Commission—, will be the ones that prosper most and best. This is what FTF expert, Thierry Malleret, told us in a recent interview, who believes that Europe is the region of the world that is performing the best in this area.

Specifically in Spain, some of the measures that could be taken are:

  • Education:
    • To introduce changes throughout the education system —early childhood, primary, secondary school and higher education—, to emphasize social and digital skills.
    • To encourage students to choose STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) careers.
    • At the same time, to revise STEM careers to include social skills and arts (so-called STEAM careers).
    • In a second stage, to create a general STEAM education system from early childhood onwards, as it has been implemented in countries such as South Korea.
    • Enable micro-credits for students and professionals in higher education. This will enable creating more diverse curricula.
    • The Spanish Public Service of State Employment (SEPE by its Spanish acronym) should promote continuous learning, with a strategic plan for digital skills and new technologies (Quantum Computing, Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence, etc.), through compensation packages and subsidized schemes.

  • Talent attraction:
    • To define fiscal and social policies to attract foreign talent and carry out international campaigns: Spain could be a top destination for digital nomads.
  • Triple bottom line:
    • To put an incentive (subsidies, discounts, tax exemptions, etc.) for corporate social and environmental sustainability programs and, at the same time, to pursue and to punish with fines both discriminative attitudes and abusive practices as well as environmental damage.
  • Clusters – ecosystems:
    • Public Administrations —Governments, Autonomous Regions and City Councils—, could devise and implement ecosystems and clusters of the quintuple innovation helix framework —Government, Business, Academia, Civil Society and Environment— by themes and/ or regions, and could have international leadership. For example, the Valencian Community could lead a Blockchain ecosystem for Tourism, or the Basque Country could lead an Artificial Intelligence ecosystem for manufacturing companies.
    • The 1,070 KM HUB project, a public-private initiative promoted by Andrés Pedreño, former President of the University of Alicante, is a paradigmatic example of what can be achieved pairing enthusiasm and know-how: this is a new platform that will unite startup accelerators and hubs in the Southeast of Spain and aims to become one of the innovation and startup hubs of reference in Europe.

Each one of these measures separately can move a country forward but formulating a strategic plan that considers all of them in parallel, would make a greater difference, given the multiplying effect that they would have. Thus, for example, all the education-related matters would be greatly enriched by the measures mentioned in clusters-ecosystems.

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