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."
Short and to the point, this analysis by Reich and Ruipérez-Valiente report on the 'blue ocean strategy' of early MOOC platforms. Key statements include:
Reich, J., & Ruipérez-Valiente, J. A. (2019). The MOOC pivot: What happened to disruptive transformation of education? Science, 363(6423), 130-131. doi:10.1126/science.aav7958
This is a "must read" for anyone with even a passing interest in MOOC micro-credentials - the number on offer, from which country and in which languages - and relations to online degrees. Highly recommended. Report is available here.
A compelling big picture read: jointly written by Cedefop, European Training Foundation, UNESCO, and the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning, this publication includes chapters on topics such as
A timely report calling for a national AI strategy. Key findings (summarised) include:
A fabulous government publication to clarify the labour market, and which industries are predicted to grow in the near future.
This research aims to interrogate work futures through the predictive construction of ‘100 jobs of the future’ that go beyond generalities, and offer a grounded, complex and imaginative projection of future work - to inform the public, and those yet to enter the labour market, on what future of work may entail, and what skills and interests will best prepare people for this future. The results draw on experts well-placed to talk about trends in their fields.