The world of work is fast changing – How can the education system be responsive to change, preparing students for jobs that might not yet exist and to use technologies and practices that are still to be invented?
Shifts in the labour market are happening at an unprecedented scale and pace. Advances in how science, technology and innovations are harnessed, applied and fused together will define the future in the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Technological advancements, climate change and the UK’s ambitions to become a more innovative, knowledge-intensive economy are driving and necessitating change to the labour market and ways of working.
The UK must have an education and skills system that reflects the needs of the fast-changing labour market. Yet businesses regularly report that their current employees and education leavers lack some of the technical and soft skills needed to succeed. Collaboration between educational institutions, employers and Government is fundamental to meeting the future skills challenge.
We are leading work to understand how greater partnerships between universities, businesses and government on meeting skills needs and delivering future talent can be supported and encouraged.