Future skills and being uniquely human

17 July 2018

We all agree that the world of work is changing. As technology continues to disrupt the way we work and AI replaces manual jobs more and more emphasis will be placed on developing those skills that are uniquely human. Skills such as thinking creatively or communicating empathetically that can’t be replaced by robots

These skills will be familiar but with so many young people struggling to articulate the skills they have and to understand what it is that employers need; it is even more important that we get clear on defining a coherent set of core transferable skills that will be important for young people to develop.

The challenge before us will be in how we prepare young people with these skills. To that end it is crucial that we take a practical approach to embedding these skills into the curriculum and mapping them to existing subjects. It is also crucial that businesses understand the role that they need to play, in order to truly understand the application of these skills young people need experiences of the world of work. The Education and Employers’ Taskforce research shows that if a young person has four or more quality interventions with the world of work they are 86% less likely to become NEET.

To succeed in all of the above and give young people the best chance to thrive in the future we need to place more value on employability skills.

Kate McGoey, Senior Programme Manager, Barclays LifeSkills 

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