Our recent conference — Tomorrow’s Workforce: Defining, Developing and Delivering the Skills of the Future — featured some great speakers with some extremely compelling messages. We teamed up with our friends at FE News to capture the essence of these presentations in a series of short videos, the first of which features Emsi’s Managing Director, Andy Durman, who sums up the theme of the conference and how we should be looking at the issue of the skills of the future. You can watch the video, and we have also included a transcript below:
The interesting thing about the recent Emsi conference is that we came in with a big question; how do we address the workforce of the future and how do we think about it now? Particularly with so much uncertainty about what that looks like. The role of automation, the impact that Brexit and globalisation might have, big profound challenges that I know a lot of people are trying to address.
I think what heartened me, through the plenary sessions, is we’ve really got a handle on actually understanding what’s happening here and now in the labour market. Particularly, the role that labour market data can play in unpicking that, is laying some strong foundations that will take us forward. Perhaps we don’t have to agonise over what the labour market looks like in 40 or 50 years, which is nigh impossible to understand, but think about the next few years.
Maturity in the education skills system
I think a big theme that came through is a maturity in the education skills system. That really is about continuing to understand those changes as they kick in, and the role that continuous education will play in helping regions and localities thrive, individuals thrive, and ultimately our economies work for us.
We can really harness some of the great productivity challenges that we’re hearing through embracing automation, through bringing the human skills, as we’ve heard a lot about, to the fore. Really getting to grips through education, as we think of it now and as it’s changing. We heard about micro credentialing, and the role of digital badges, to really start to create a new narrative, a new currency.
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