Emerging Skills Roadmap

Emerging Skills Roadmap is a grounded and tested approach that helps business to design the needed development of skills, competences and job profiles to support their medium-term challenges and objectives.

The Emerging Skills Roadmap guarantees the skills needs anticipation, simultaneity and systemic analysis with participation by management.


Skills development takes time. They have to be available when the need emerge. The anticipation of skill, competence and job profile needs and the consequent development ensure their availability when they are needed.
A forward-looking competences management strategy requires anticipation.


Effective skills management ensures continuous alignment between available skills, work tasks, performance and objectives.
Skills needs have to emerge from a simultaneous analysis of the company’s main drivers (e.g. market, product, technologies, organization / processes, etc.). Simultaneity gives consistency to the emerging needs.
Unfortunately, the “one-shot” approach to identifying skill needs “condemns” the company to be structurally late.


The company, like any living organization, evolves and the competence is one of the levers of evolution. The evolution of skills must be ensured in all the organization of the company. The company skills framework have to be balanced and updated. In identifying the skills needs or in updating the skills, the investigation on the organization have to be systemic.


The active involvement of company managers allows to achieve three results: active participation in defining the needs in terms of skills and job profiles, the awareness of emerging needs, as well as full compliance with emerging indications.


The Emerging Skills Roadmap enables the reconfiguration of the unique corporate skills framework. It combines foresight and active skills management strategy.

How do we implement the Emerging Skills Roadmap approach? There are three logical steps:

    1. Anticipation

    In the first phase, external and internal changes within the company are anticipated.

    2. Development of the Emerging Skills Roadmap

    In the second phase, a medium-term Emerging Skills Roadmap is developed. It draws along the time: the needs for skills and job profiles and the needs for up-skilling and re-skilling training interventions.

    3. Design
    Finally, in the third phase, the new skills and new job profiles are designed, as well as the skill set changes of the current job profiles (job profile updating).

The implementation of the Emerging Skills Roadmap allows you to define:

– How the business skills framework evolves;
– What are the new skills that will “feed” him;
– What skills will be strategically less important;
– Which job profiles the company must develop to support and enhance the business skills system in the future;
– How will the skill sets of the current job profiles be re-generated;
– What will be the new and necessary levels of mastery of the business skills system.

It also provides the necessary information to support the skills development strategy with respect to the How and When.

Finally, the Roadmapping process guarantees a coordinated, coherent and integrated framework of skills, aimed at increasing the sustainability/durability of the company over time.