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The Future of Work and Learning

The Fourth Industrial Revolution is here, and it is changing everything.

The Future of Work and Learning Title Page

The Future of
Lifelong Learning

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.

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Published: January 20th, 2020

The Future of Skills Title Page

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.

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Published: January 18th, 2019

The Future of Work and Learning Report Title Page

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 globalization. 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

Canadian Edition (Francais)

Published: February 26th, 2019

International Edition

Published: January 21st, 2018

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