The Future of
The “future” of work and learning is not looming in the distance, but a reality of the here and now. Lifelong learning is increasingly seen as the solution to the challenges presented by the Fourth Industrial Revolution, including the rapid shifts in skills needed of the workforce and rise of automation. In practical terms however, lifelong learning as a concept is not well understood, nor is it obvious what an effective system of lifelong learning would actually look like at a national or international scale. This whitepaper shows it requires a multi-sided answer – from creating the learning opportunities to solving for access, cost, responsibility, and individual motivation. It requires a Learning-Integrated Life.
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.