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D2L Releases New Whitepaper on the Future of Skills

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Whitepaper Calls on Governments to Support Skills Training in an Age of Radical Disruption

D2L, the global learning technology leader today released its new whitepaper, “The Future of Skills in the Age of the 4th Industrial Revolution,” which argues — among other things — that in an age of radical disruption, that soft skills are the durable skills of the future.

“As technology and automation continue to change the meaning of work and the skills required of the workforce, our education systems need to adapt, and require action and support from governments,” said Jeremy Auger, Chief Strategy Officer, D2L. “Our current systems of learning are not adequately addressing the durable skills needs of all students and employees.”

The whitepaper recommends the following:

  • Placing greater emphasis on durable (soft) skills across the education continuum
  • Creating easier opportunities for workforce reengagement in the higher education system
  • Increasing access to employer-based training opportunities
  • Increasing collaboration between employers and the higher education system
  • Governmental investment and priority in workforce development
  • Creating three-way partnerships between government, higher education, and employers

“Just as traditional jobs are quickly being redefined in today’s market, our systems of learning need to adapt to address the rising demand for durable skills and the need for greater agility in adapting hard skills,” said Auger. “While stakeholders from education, the private sector, and government understand the need and value of training and skills development, we need to develop a cross-sectoral framework for skills development for the Fourth Industrial Revolution.”

This whitepaper is available at



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