Ground-breaking advanced training and specialisation courses for the Motorsport, Advanced Manufacturing, IT and Engineering sectors to create the talent and skills required to meet the current and future challenges of Industry 4.0. The significance of industry 4.0 Industry 4.0 is commonly referred to as the fourth industrial revolution and is expected to be a transformative, end-to-end digitisation of the manufacturing sector. It has been described as ‘the fusion of the online world and the world of industrial production’. According to global management consulting firm McKinsey, Industry 4.0 is a convergence of trends and technologies that ‘promise to reshape the way things are made’. Industry 4.0 presents numerous industries with significant challenges to remain innovative and competitive, not only for today, but for the years to come. Along with the challenges, however, come many opportunities to change the game by introducing inventive and original approaches to stand out from the crowd. Creating jobs of tomorrow While no sector is immune to the impact of rapid technological developments, companies that are highly tech-driven face the greatest challenges in accessing rare talent with the specialised skills to drive future growth, innovation and success. Experis Academy was created to address this issue – enabling our strategic clients in high-tech industries to change their focus from reliance on attracting talent, to developing talent with the skills they need. A different kind of Training Academy The Academy supports collaborating industry partners who are adversely impacted by acute skills shortages in key skill areas. The Academy’s focus is on increasing the size and depth of talent pools where critical skills shortages exist. To begin with, Experis Academy works with strategic clients to pinpoint the specific skills shortages they have, then identifies other organisations within their business ecosystem who are suffering from the same skills challenges. An ecosystem could be a group of companies in a supply chain, companies with shared interdependencies, industry groups, or a consortium. Once skills gaps have been identified and future skills requirements have been defined, Experis works closely with the ecosystem partners to create highly bespoke training programmes that address specific skills shortages. Rather than being an ‘off-the-shelf’ solution, content is highly agile, practical, and tailored to the needs of specific organisations and industries at that particular time. Training is delivered by subject matter experts who live and breathe their craft, ensuring each programme is tightly aligned with up-to-the minute industry needs and ever-changing skills challenges. Ecosystem partners have the opportunity to provide subject matter experts to deliver training, along with providing access to specialist facilities and equipment relevant to the training. As programmes are generally run at weekends, specialist equipment and facilities that would not otherwise be available during the week can be utilised. Benefits Individual talent: The opportunity to be upskilled and reskilled in niche, highly in-demand technical skills within rapidly transforming industries. Up-to-the-minute training delivered by world-class industry professionals currently in the field. Strategic clients: The ability to develop talent to meet specific skills gaps adversely impacting their industry. The opportunity to provide direct input into specialist training programmes created to increase the talent pool of rare, hard-to-find talent. Leveraging the proven Academy model in Italy, plans to expand Experis Academy across Europe are underway. Each country will offer bespoke programmes in line with market demand and local legislation, tailored to the unique needs of strategic clients. To learn more about plans to launch Experis Academy in the UK, please contact: email@example.com. This article first appeared in the ninth edition of The Human Age Newspaper.