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The future of rail transport may lie in digitalisation and automation, but workers needn’t worry about being replaced by machines, according to EU employment Commissioner Nicolas Schmit. However, employees will need to become more tech-savvy to meet the rail demands of tomorrow, the Commissioner qualified.
“Automation and digitalisation can and should create jobs, and often quality jobs. But to transition from one job into another, workers will need to develop the skills to integrate these technologies,” Schmit told an event on employment and education in the rail sector last Tuesday (27 April) as part of the European Year of Rail.
He called on train companies to offer reskilling programmes and expressed his desire to see more women and young people move into the sector, both underrepresented groups at present.Austrian MEP Barbara Thaler warned that the rail sector’s old-fashioned image may make it hard to attract young people compared to transport companies that position themselves as being on the cutting edge.“I cannot help but address the elephant in the room, which is competition – the competitiveness of the rail sector towards the road sector. To be more specific, the generated revenues and the resulting […]