The White Paper summarises the gap in skills for automation and the future of work. Closing this skills gap is very important for adopting and leveraging cutting-edge technologies of the fourth industrial revolution in many economic sectors. IoT skills are among the most important elements of the skills puzzle, as IoT technologies have a broad scope and are widely used in sectors like manufacturing, energy, healthcare, transport, retail, agriculture, and supply chain management. State-of-the-art skills surveys identify some of the skills that are high in demand in the market. Nevertheless, they usually take a broad view that addresses many different digital technologies rather than focusing on the IoT skills and the IoT market.
Motivated by this gap, the paper:
- Summarises the findings of various skills surveys regarding the shortage of IoT skills.
- Introduces the EU-IoT skills framework i.e., a structured taxonomy of IoT skills, including technical, management, and user-related skills, as well as the ever-important soft skills for IoT professionals. The framework can be extended with additional IoT skills.
- Presents the findings of the EU-IoT skills survey, which has questioned over 100 IoT professionals about the relevant importance of the skills that are listed in the framework.
- Illustrats how the skill survey and the EU-IoT framework can drive the clustering of individual IoT skills into wider IoT skills profiles.
- Presents examples of learning paths for specific skills profiles leverage courses and training resources of the EU-IoT training catalogue.
Overall, the EU-IoT project has provided three tangible outcomes on IoT skills (i.e., the skills framework, the survey, and the training resources catalogue). These outcomes can provide great help to HR professionals and policy makers that plan, specify and execute skills development processes. At the same time, they are a valuable resource for IoT professionals that pursue self-paced learning, lifelong learning, and continuous career development.