Marco Comastri, President & General Manager, CA Technologies, Europe, Middle East & Africa will highlight the chronic skills issue in Europe during a digital roundtable: “Policies to improve digital skills and economic growth in Europe” on June 2 at 9am where the European Commissioner for the digital economy and society, Gunther Oettinger, will be delivering a keynote.
“We are living in what we, at CA, call an application economy, where every business is a software business. We are vying for the same talent in a highly competitive environment, as companies from different sectors, such as the financial sector and others compete for the best and brightest,” commented Marco Comastri.
“It is this trend of digitizing Europe that is creating a digital debt, meaning we (governments, companies) are investing in the application economy but we are increasingly unable to staff it,” he added.
During the panel, Marco Comastri will highlight the opportunities and challenges of the digital economy as well as call for a horizontal European skills strategy, with a strong focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). He will cite the Company’s “Create Tomorrow” program as one example of how industry can partner with NGOs and education to help address the skills issues at the grassroots.
He will call for a mix of actions such as
- Building excitement and interest for STEM through public-private cooperation
- Mentoring programs for young start-ups
- Focusing on enhancing the advancement of women in IT
- Reforming school curricula at national level
Concluded Marco Comastri: “I thank the European Commission for their leadership on the role of digital in the broader economy, however if we are to realize the promise of the Digital Single Market strategy it will require integrated and coordinated action across digital technologies, digital skills and digital ‘accelerators’ which create the right environment for business and European economies to thrive in the digital era – but none of this will be possible unless the skills issue is addressed.”
CA Technologies is constantly seeking new talent across the region and today the Company announced a recruitment campaign to hire 130 software developers at its Prague Technology Center, one of the Company’s the largest software development sites in Europe. The new recruits will work as part of a global team to developing solutions for the mainframe platform.