Nokia, Di Foggia: “There is no green without digital: we believe in technology to create an open, fearless and empowered culture”

Josephine of FoggiaChief Executive Officer and Vice President Nokia Italyhas conversations with Lombardia Ecoomy on digital transformation, sustainable development, new skills for a job market and constant innovation and a culture to overcome gender inequality.

Di Foggia says about the future of Nokia:

“The first pandemics in the war in Ukraine shortly thereafter completely upset the socio-economic balance on a global scale, leading to geopolitical, financial and energy instability. Digital transformation, on the other hand, the war drew attention to the urgency of development is based on sustainability. Two important goals, therefore, to improve our future, to always put the person at the center. calls on companies today to respond with new development models: Nokia plays a role in this scenario by providing ever-increasing performance telecommunications networks and ever-increasing solutions.

In terms of sustainability, for example, a technology based on real-time data transmissions is crucial for implementing solutions that are capable of monitoring consumption and regulating the flow of electricity, based on current demand over time; Facilitates energy storage and minimizes waste. And there will be no green without digital, digitalisation and our climate action are inseparable and must go hand in hand. targeted emissions by 50% by 2030, both in business activities and in the delivered products.

We strongly believe in the positive impact of technology to improve our lives and create an open, fearless and empowered culture. Connectivity allows people to interact, communicate, collaborate, share, learn and work. It allows access to all the services that are part of everyday life from the essentials, to work, health and schooling. In recent years, it has actually become increasingly important to guarantee the continuity of education, even in more difficult circumstances. , because it affects the economic and social strength of national economy.

Nokia is strongly committed to the reduction Gender gap in the STEM Disciplines. “It is necessary to have the right tools to read and understand the functioning of the world around us and for a continuous adaptation to a reality that is changing at an extraordinary rate,” he says. Josephine of Foggia. “The fourth industrial revolution, demographic, socio-economic and production changes transform society and especially the labor market. From this premise, it is urgent to emphasize the value of the contribution of specialized technical / scientific knowledge. Required skills. and will increasingly belong to the scientific, technological, engineering and mathematical fields.In this sector, there are the promising estimates of an increase in employment in the coming years.In fact, according to the Excelsior. the five-year period 2020-2024 companies need about one and a half million employees with STEM skills Unfortunately, however, about one in four companies (exactly 23%) declared that they had unidentified STEM profiles in the “time of need”.

These data illuminate the phenomenon of “skills misunderstanding”, or the gap between specialized demand and supply. The exponential acceleration of technological innovation has led to a sharp increase in the demand for technical-scientific skills, which, however, is not reflected in the profiles available on the labor market. Italy seems to have a number of graduates in STEM subjects below the European average, which means that the Italian training system does not adapt to the growth rates and skills needs of the companies, so that they are competitive in the near future.

In the Nokia Italyin response to this trend we started Orientation projects with high schools, to bring boys and especially girls closer to the world of STEM disciplines, for instance by welcoming students to our innovation hub in Vimercate, for Alternanza Scuola Lavoro projects. We work closely with different universities to recruit talents and develop joint programs. I personally dedicate myself to the realization of these programs together with my colleagues, because I am convinced of the importance of bringing young people into the companies and the jobs that they can create for their orientation in university studies. .

I add that boom of Request for STEM Profilerraises another issue related to the world of work in Italy Gender gap or as the Anglo-Saxons would say, gender gaps. Mainly through social stereotypes, there is an advantage of men over women in the STEM field, starting with the choice of study paths in which female students are still a minority. The result is that, despite statistics highlighting better academic performance, women are still being punished both in the STEM academic world and in the world of work, with pay gaps and career opportunities as far as careers are concerned. In this spirit, at Nokia Italia, we promote gender awareness campaigns to raise awareness of these issues and we implement company policies to guarantee equal opportunities for women.

Speaking of innovation goals, he says:

“I have always maintained that the partnership between the public, businesses, training institutes and research centers is fundamental to enabling digital transformation. In fact, this requires not only the introduction of new technologies, organizational and business models, but also the Availability of specialized skills and continuous updating for some, digital literacy for others.Only a collaboration between all parties involved, each according to their own sector of expertise, will allow us to fully enjoy the benefits of digital transformation.And so at Nokia Italia we have activated a good number of partnerships, with public administrations, academia and research centers and we are open to new forms of cooperation that allow us to accelerate the digital transformation of the country.

As far as the cultural aspect and digital competences are concerned, I can confirm that this is a fundamental issue: also in the context of last year’s B20, it was highlighted in the discussion in the Conseil de conseil. There are culturally and more specifically, limited trust in digital technologies and low digital awareness. In addition, in the latest DESI report (Index introduced by the European Commission in 2014 to measure the progress of European countries in terms of digitalisation of the economy and society. Italy occupies an unflattering third-last place for digital skills, only 42% of the population has actual digital skills, at least on a basic basis, against an EU average of 56.6%, and we are fourth last for advanced digital skills, reaching 22%, against an EU average of 31%: the share of the Companies offering ICT training stop at 16%, compared to the European average of 20%.

So there are two independent intervention plans: the first concerns technology and infrastructure, particularly in the crucial issue of connectivity, which are essential enablers for digital transformation, while the second is played at the cultural and skill level. It is now clear that without skills no development can take place. Both are essential for digital skills, we will not have a complete and effective digital transformation, including the risk, as far as Italy is concerned, in particular to reduce the efficiency of the reforms and investments provided by the PNRR in these areas. At Nokia Italia we do our part on the issue of digital literacy, we have activated various projects for the dissemination of skills, also through the aforementioned collaborations with ministries, universities and through initiatives with key TLC operators. Our programs are all for young people: not so young, old and disabled, we want to continue
to be the main actors and interpreters of the transformation of the country “.

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