German language learners’ skills decline in technology, business and data science

Ongoing digital transformation, inflation and global volatility fueling the growing demand for the digital and personal skills necessary to succeed in today’s economy, according to Coursera’s latest Global Skills Report. The report shows that Germany has fallen five places in the overall standings and is now ranked 9th in the world and 6th in Europe.

Learners’ proficiency in German has declined in all three key segments tracked by Coursera. This has an impact on the areas of business, technology and data science.

“The evolution and automation of the ‘Great Retirement’ requires more investment in people. German organizations must continue to develop the demanding digital and human skills needed to build a competitive and fair workforce, ”said Jeff Maggioncalda, CEO of Coursera. “Our data shows that these skills are not evenly distributed. Students and low-income people need flexible, affordable and fast access to entry-level digital jobs, which are the backbone of a stronger and more inclusive economy. ‘

The Global Skills Report is based on data from 100 million students in over 100 countries who have used Coursera to learn a new skill in the last year. The report assesses the three most sought-after skill areas for employment in the digital economy – business, technology and data science.

The most important discoveries in Germany:

  • Students from Germany do the best in the economic ranking. With the result of 92 percent. Germany ranks 9th in the world in terms of business knowledge, down one place compared to 2021.
  • Competency in the field of data science continues to decline. In this area, which measures the acquisition of modern key competences such as machine learning, data visualization and data management, Germany achieved 88 percent and is therefore ranked 13th in the world.
  • In the field of technology, German students are also becoming less and less skilled. Here, Germany achieves the lowest value (85 percent of competences). It currently ranks 16th in the world for technology skills, down six places from 2021. This field covers the acquisition of skills essential to competitiveness in the digital economy, including web development, computer programming, cloud computing and software engineering.

World trends at a glance:

  • The proportion of women enrolling in Foundation or Gateway certification courses is increasing significantly, from 25% in 2019 to 40% in 2021 Certifications such as Google IT Support and Google Data Analytics provide a clear path to the Skills you need to get high – the demand for entry-level digital jobs. These courses require a total of around 240 hours of study, which can be completed in as little as six months for ten hours a week.
  • There is a strong correlation between skills levels, GDP and internet access. Richer countries scored higher in general competences, as did countries with a high level of internet access.
  • In developed countries, learners have acquired more soft skills such as risk management and resilience. Learners in developing countries have focused more on digital skills through courses such as supply chain systems and mobile architecture.
  • The most in-demand business and technology skills around the world for the past year are Leadership and Management, Probability and Statistics, and Theoretical Computing. For the second year in a row, the best educated students were in Switzerland, followed by Denmark, Indonesia and Belgium.
  • Students also focused on courses that provide the skills needed to understand the COVID-19 pandemic. Enrollment in epidemiology and risk management courses is now four times higher than before the pandemic.

“While the latest data from Coursera shows that Germany’s workforce remains among the best educated in Europe – and the world – the international race for talent is escalating. This is being driven by increasing remote work and the continued growth of the digital economy, said Anthony Tattersall, Coursera EMEA vice president. “This report provides German business leaders and governments with an insight into the changing skills landscape and key areas for skills development. In addition, it shows ways for digital entry-level jobs that facilitate the transition from declining jobs to jobs of the future. ‘

With over 100 million students, over 7,000 institutions, and over 5,000 courses from 250 of the world’s best universities and business teachers, Coursera has one of the largest datasets to identify and measure competency trends. The Global Skills Report compares over 100 countries, giving a percentage for each skill. A country with 100 percent competency tops more than 100 countries, a country with zero percent is at the bottom. Coursera currently supports the skill development of 1.25 million German students.

Countries are assigned an overall share of competences broken down into four levels of modernization:

  • Cutting Edge: 75% -100%
  • Competitive: 50% -75%
  • Emergent: 25% -50%
  • Spears: 0% -25%

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