Alexia Frendo, Kindred Group’s Lead Human Resources Business Partner and Malta Chamber HR committee member, said that for employees to compete in the competitive and ever-evolving iGaming sector, they needed to acquire, master and continuously hone their digital skills.
Speaking at the Parliament for Enterprises event organised by the Malta Chamber, Ms Frendo said that in recent years, remote gaming had had a significant impact on Malta’s growth, driving employment and paving the way for emerging industries such as blockchain and distributed ledger technology, robotics, the internet of things and artificial intelligence.
“This has resulted in an increased demand for highly skilled workers and new digital skills. This calls for targeted education and training to tackle the current digital skills gap, which is an issue not only locally but throughout the European Union. In fact, the European Commission estimates that around 500,000 digital jobs across the EU will remain unfilled by 2020.”
Ms Frendo said it comes as no surprise that 89 per cent of European businesses are investing in improving their staff’s digital skills.
“There are already quite a few initiatives underway to tackle the current shortage of professionals in the digital economy, including coding sessions for teenagers, MCAST apprenticeship schemes and campaigns to promote STEM studies and careers at secondary school level.”
“We must continue on this same path to ensure that the local workforce gets easier access to digital skills training, so as to reduce dependence on foreign employees in highly skilled IT sectors and put Malta on the map as a key player in the digital economy, both today and in the future.”