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Germany's Plan to Tackle Rapidly Aging Workforce: Recruit Robots

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Robots could be key to solving Germany’s labor shortage.

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Germany is looking to digitalization to help solve a labor shortage crisis due to its aging population.

Exoskeletons, for instance, could help prevent injuries among workers in labor-intensive jobs, and robots could help free up workers to handle more complex and creative work while automating repetitive or physically demanding tasks.

Robot4Work's Cagri Pehlivan explained that "by automating those tasks with robots, older workers can continue to contribute their valuable skills and experience to the workplace in a way that is safe and comfortable for them."

However, Ulrich Walwei of Germany's Institute for Employment Research said the nation is experiencing a digital skills gap, and there is a need for digital competency to be taught in schools, in apprenticeships, and at university.

Eurostat data shows that 48.92% of the German population has "basic or above basic overall digital skills," compared to the European Union average of 53.92%.

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