Skills

What skills do we need to teach our children?  What skills will be essential for the workforce of the future?

We’re living through a time of great change, technology is transforming and disrupting industries, new jobs and roles are emerging and the skills required are changing too. According to research by the World Economic Forum, more than one in four adults reported a mismatch between their skills and those needed for their job role.

How do you teach and measure soft skills or ‘21st-century skills’ such as collaboration, problem-solving, creativity, critical thinking, people skills and good communication? If taught well, these skills could enable students to adapt to change more easily, gain a greater understanding of people and the world around them, and ultimately progress further in their chosen career. Soft skills take time to develop and are more complex in nature, but perhaps they’ll turn out to be more beneficial in the long term.

To compete in the future job market, workers – even those in occupations less directly affected by automation, will need to update their skillsets, a report from the World Economic Forum says. Which is why, in a fast-changing world, education and training jobs are expected to increase – at number six on the Future of Jobs report list of growth sectors.

Read more on Skills below:

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  • Preparing learners for the jobs of the future post pandemic

    09 Oct 2020 by Cindy Rampersaud, Senior Vice President BTEC and Apprenticeships, Pearson
    There has been much discussion about the future of work following the COVID-19 pandemic, reimagining how work is done, the future role of the office, and the digital economy are some of the discussion ...
  • We were thrilled to take part in the latest Bettcast, titled ‘Harnessing the power of esports in the classroom’.
  • The winners of Pearson’s tenth annual BTEC Awards are being announced in a ceremony this afternoon which is taking place online for the first time ever due to the coronavirus.
  • 10 key workers share their experience of working and learning as they kept the UK going during lockdown, in partnership with Pearson.
  • With many schools and parents working together to educate their children whilst learning from home, teacher Shaun McCormick from Kaligo talks about how they’ve been helping parents and pupils continue ...

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