In my previous article in this series building up to our Tomorrow’s Workforce Conference in two weeks time, I wrote about how Elena Magrini from Centre for Cities will be sharing her research to help us understand how the labour market is changing, and especially how the future labour market must embrace human skills (analytical and interpersonal skills in particular) to ensure we harness the technological innovation to maximum extent. But with such large swathes of tomorrow’s labour market already in the labour market, and with a skills system that is largely built on 20th century building blocks, what can be done to ensure that education and training is well positioned to meet the needs of the future?
Over to Kirstie Donnelly, Group Managing Director at City & Guilds Group. Having been formed in 1878 to drive a new era in technical education, City & Guilds has certainly been at the heart of helping the education system respond to changing labour market demand. And change it certainly has — just ask the footmen and typists!
Kirstie’s session will take the format of an informal chat, in which I will be talking to her to glean her thoughts on how the education system in general, and the City & Guilds Group as key agents of change within, can respond to Elena’s challenge. It’s clear that things need to change, but how? And what? And when the World Economic Forum estimates that 65% of today’s children will work in jobs that don’t exist today (Future of Jobs 2016), is there any hope we can solve this thing?
Knowing Kirstie as I do, I’m pretty confident that she has got some good thoughts on this challenge, and that the work she is leading at City & Guilds is being driven by exactly this. You only need to look at the digital badging and micro-credentialing services of their DigitalMe brand, and their campaigning on key topics like lifelong learning and careers advice and guidance, in order to get some sense of how City & Guilds see a bright and exciting future.
I can’t wait to hear Kirstie’s thoughts and I hope you will be eager to hear them too. If you would like to join me and the wider Emsi community then be sure to secure your place today here. Don’t delay, places are limited and tickets are going quickly! If you can’t join us on the day, why not keep an eye out for follow up materials after the event and follow #emsiconf2019 for real-time updates on the day!
I’m very pleased to say that Kirstie and I will also be joined by Kathryn Porter, Director of Youth Strategy for Europe, Middle East and Africa at Hilton. Kathryn is a member of the City and Guilds Industry Skills Board, and it will be great to have her joining us for this session to get the views of a major employer.