The Future of Skills in the Fourth Industrial Revolution
Human history is filled with examples of occupational transformation, but the rate at which it is occurring today in the Fourth Industrial Revolution is unprecedented. The half-life of technical skills in some job categories are now well under 5 years. Employers’ views on the value of skills in their workforce has shifted in this new reality as they need workers who can continually reskill over their entire career span. Our systems of learning need to adapt to address the rising demand for soft skills by employers and lifelong learning opportunities by employees.
The Future of Work
in the Fourth Industrial Revolution
The Third Industrial Revolution (aka the digital revolution) is defined by electronics and IT, automated production, and advanced globalisation. It has changed how individuals interact with each other, commerce, and whole communities. However, the changes we are beginning to see, and where we are heading as a result of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, are still hard to imagine and extremely challenging to address. The exponential shift that the Fourth Industrial Revolution brings is altering almost every industry in the world. No part of society will be left untouched, including the education and workforce development sector’s role in preparing people for the future of work in this new world.
Canadian Edition (English)
Published: November 6th, 2018