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Human resources for sustainable mobility: Securing the right jobs and skills – traffic management

Human resources for sustainable mobility: Securing the right jobs and skills – traffic management

07 Oct 2021



POLIS- in collaboration with Breda University of Applied Sciences (BUas) is bringing together a cross-disciplinary panel of cities, universities and industry stakeholders to discuss the human skills and training required for a sustainable mobility transition.

Urban mobility is changing fast. From alternative fuels to Mobility as a Service (MaaS), new transport technologies and services are continually emerging. Many predicted such digitalisation and automation would eliminate the need for human personnel. Yet, we are witnessing the opposite: electrification, clean fuels and automation have in fact intensified demands on the transport sector’s workforce. The explosion of sustainable modal options requires specialised technical skills and proficient governance capabilities.

The first meeting will discuss traffic management. Digitisation, data sharing, automation and associated legislative changes are transforming the way traffic is operated. This requires a systematic understanding of the new technologies and services, how these can enhance operations, coordinating new transit modes and access regulations.

Across several meetings tailored to specific mobility fields (check the full programme), the following questions will be discussed:

  • What are the main trends within mobility ecosystem that ask for new/re-educated type of the workforce?
  • What are the requirements for the current and future labour?
  • What are the main gaps in competences and skills that are currently being offered or will be required to carry out the necessary mobility transition in a short term future?
  • How can higher education and research institutions equip cities and operators with the human resources needed to achieve mobility goals?