Building Skills For The Future

Taken from BETT 2019…

There were many talking heads around this event over the four days of understanding how we can prepare young people to have the skills for future employment. There were interesting discussions which were based on this subject which led to the understanding that the technology which future children will be working on is not yet developed, however, curriculum needs to have a bigger emphasis on soft skills which will be transferable in the future of work. These can focus on problem-solving, working and solving issues under pressure, teamwork and innovation.

From both the BETT Show London and my time at The Israeli Ed Tech Summit in 2019, there where similar messages in how Escape Rooms can play an important part in learning and developing soft skills in an engaging way and Educators need to understand more about the skills which young people are developing in computer games such as Fortnite and Minecraft. Without even knowing it, players on games are already working collaboratively with other users across the world in solving games and puzzles whilst developing communication and leadership skills… Microsoft has already launched a schools version of Minecraft to build STEM and code skills!

Discussions took part in the arena on how Education and Business need to blend more, we spoke on the importance of teachers, coaching and educators taking on work experience alongside students to understand what the place of work looks like now and how it could look. This was an important message in blending learning and the workplace which we need to get better at, across the world!

With all of this in mind, it seems that there needs to be a more fluid approach to building a curriculum, we need to understand the problem of Economics V Schools and how we perform. Business owners and Educators all agreed that schools, colleges and training centres shouldn’t be monitored on the exam results or how many learners got into university, but on how well each student had performed in there careers five-ten years down the line and that institutions should be proud and even start displaying these statistics now. One thing for sure is that we have to focus more on the technical education and skills gaps, not just for young people, but also for adults. The UK and other nations are all supporting more movements into Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics as core subjects which will help to grow the economy.

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