World Economic Forum (2018). The future of jobs report 2018, World Economic Forum, Geneva, Switzerland.
Reading between the lines in the key findings (excerpts below), there is a hint for education providers. Is it time to shift the focus from B2C recruitment of individuals to courses, to more emphasis on B2B (that is, approaching companies to help them devise and sustain their "in-company lifelong learning systems" - aka micro-credentials. #learning-integrated-work
Excerpts from the key findings:
"To prevent an undesirable lose-lose scenario— technological change accompanied by talent shortages, mass unemployment and growing inequality—it is critical that
"Crafting a sound in-company lifelong learning system, investing in human capital and collaborating with other stakeholders on workforce strategy should thus be key business imperatives, critical to companies’ medium to long-term growth, as well as an important contribution to society and social stability. A mindset of agile learning will also be needed on the part of workers as they shift from the routines and limits of today’s jobs to new, previously unimagined futures. Finally, policy-makers, regulators and educators will need to play a fundamental role in helping those who are displaced repurpose their skills or retrain to acquire new skills and to invest heavily in the development of new agile learners in future workforces by tackling improvements to education and training systems, as well as updating labour policy to match the realities of the Fourth Industrial Revolution."