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The Art of the ImPossible podcast - EPISODE 4

Plugging the digital skills gap and building for tomorrow

Preparing a generation of digitally-empowered designers, engineers, and managers.

Often referred to as a “skills gap”, the disconnect between the capabilities required for a job and the skills employees actually master represents a real conundrum in most industries. How to strike a balance between closing the gap when things aren't particularly clear?

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Tune in for some valuable insight on how to plug the digital skills gap in the design and manufacturing industry.

We’re living in a period of unprecedented technological change – and progress isn’t about to slow down. The skills which were in high demand today could suddenly become redundant overnight due to technological disruption. On the other hand, the skills only a few people are developing right now could soon be in hot demand. 

So what are the skills workers and students should learn if they want to build a future-proof career? Is there a skills gap and what can companies do to create a workforce that has the knowledge and talent to thrive in an era of digital transformation?

In this episode of the podcast, Asif Moghal speaks with top 100 women in UK tech and Founder of The Immersive KIND, Kadine James, and Managing Director of Hosokawa Micron, James Moore, about the digital skills gap in the design and manufacturing sector. 

We discuss the impact skills shortages can have on innovation, consequently leading to a lack of technological advantage in order to compete. If organizations don't get on board, they will be left behind.  

It’s important to bring in new talent, but also to support existing workforces to upscale their knowledge and understanding of digital capabilities. Most importantly, to make it clear that technology will not destroy jobs, but in fact, create new opportunities. There's no pressing pause on the technology button now. Adaptability, commitment, and curiosity are key attributes in a technology-led future. And having a creative mind that is open to exploring opportunities that will be presented is imperative. 


James Moore

Managing Director at Hosokawa Micron Ltd (HML), specialists in high containment and powder processing technologies, and part of the Hosokawa Micron Corporation, which was formed in Japan just over a century ago.

As well as industrial equipment, HML also supports customers with a range of complementary business lines; contract manufacturing, innovation services, and Hosokawa Gen4, a digital toolkit to support data-driven manufacturing.

While HML aims to become a digital leader in each of the markets in which it operates, the company continues to invest in the development of its people – its most valuable asset – to support this.

Kadine James 

Kadine is the Founder of The Immersive Kind, an XR Creative Content Studio and 24/7 Digital Arts and Advanced Technology Community of artists, designers, scientists, and technologists from around the globe. Listed as one of the topmost influential women in UK technology (Computer Weekly)

Kadine sits on the international advisory board at None in Three a research and policy centre which is using gaming technology to tackle gender-based violence around the world.