This week, we take a look at the future of work—who is and needs to be involved in discussions about it, the role skills will play in driving success, and what we need to do to make the most of it.
The Business of Learning, Episode 25: The Future of Work … For All Learners
As we enter 2020, it’s a good time to consider what the future of work looks like—and make sure it’s accessible to everyone. In this podcast, panelists share their thoughts on what the “future of work” means, who is often left out of discussions about it, and how we can make workplaces and training more inclusive and flexible for all learners.
The Future of Skills: A Skills Marketplace
Today’s gig economy, one in which organizations and independent workers engage in short-term work arrangements, is creating a seller’s market for skills. But there’s a problem. Our labor market is mostly built on traditional employment models. Since traditional employers drive professional development models, gig workers may be missing out on important opportunities to grow their skills.
This article was written by Jeremy Auger, chief strategy officer at D2L and an adviser to the government of Canada on future skills. /blog_full_width_article]
Funding Alone Will Not Solve the Skills Gaphas now surpassed 700,000. The growth of nontraditional, shorter paths to in-demand skills is driven both by students and employees uncertain about the value of their degrees and by employers who are eager to find more precise measures of their potential employees’ knowledge and skillsets. Governments are now considering whether they should allow students to use federal aid for short-term programs, but the question is whether that will close the gaps?
How Can Employers Avoid the “Hidden Tax” of Obsolete Skills?
Employers tasked with preparing for accelerated industry changes face two obstacles. First, there are many people who have degrees and training that could land them high-skill roles but lack opportunities to do so. Second, current employees who don’t have the same qualifications may need and benefit from additional education that isn’t available. This amounts to what a Boston Consulting Group report labels a “hidden tax” on employers and employees.
State Skills Coalition to Focus on Apprenticeship, Upskilling Policy in 2020
Apprenticeships are rapidly growing in popularity, extending beyond the trades and into white-collar professions. The National Skills Coalition selected coalitions from 10 states to join the Skills State Policy Advocacy Network (SkillSPAN), bringing the group’s members to 20. Promoting apprenticeships is one of the issues the coalitions intend to advance policies on this year.