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Digital excellence is in itself something that is constantly changing and continuously requires maintenance. This creates difficulties when it comes to setting fixed frameworks and guidelines for how cutting-edge competence is created. During this year’s Gathering of Software Sweden, the yearly Swedsoft workshop with invited decision-makers from industry, academia, organizations and the public sector, the focus was on proposals that can facilitate and create incentives to increase digital excellence in Sweden. Based on the ideas that were discussed during the workshop, Swedsoft has, in the report Digital spetskompetens – Så tar vi nästa steg (How can we take the next step in Digital Excellence?) compiled recommendations and proposals to take the work further.
In this report, we highlight, among other things, the need to produce a better knowledge base about the current competence situation and future competence needs. Examples of how this could be done is to carry out, both qualitative and quantitative, surveys of the current situation and also to create a digital platform where current needs and supply are shown.
To promote collaboration between business, organizations and universities, we highlight the possibility to develop a collaboration model for the labor market, business and the education sector. Through such a model, one can create a continuous sync between needs and education that encourages further development.
Since digital competence and not the least digital cutting-edge competence changes rapidly it requires lifelong learning to stay on top. The report highlights various possibilities to ensure this, such as a review of financing models and incentives. Another important aspect is to stimulate the supply of short courses that enables individuals to gain specific skills and specialization, when needed, and not having to wait for a long time for a course to start or spending long time studying.
Sweden still has the possibility to be in the forefront in the future, but we need to act now. Together we can build competitiveness for this and the next generation.
You can download the report Digital spetskompetens – Så tar vi nästa steg (in Swedish) here