As the landscape of society’s workforce changes dramatically, thousands of people, young and old, are having to retrain and upskill. How can we make the most of our population’s skill set by matching employee potential with societal need, using AI and big data to foster the lifelong learning needed to succeed in the new sectors that drive wealth and growth?
Thursday 22nd July
6:00 PM BST
Over the past year, the Shaftesbury Partnership (SPx) has directed its attention towards building societal resilience in response to the pandemic and other recent global shocks.
As part of this, SPx has been hosting a series of events - the Resilience Series, the next installment of which is focusing on how we can build an education system fit for today’s challenges.
Recent global trends have brought about significant changes to the education sector in our society. This has brought with it a number of benefits, such as more use of technology in the classroom. However, a number of challenges and inequalities persist.
We know that economies with the best education and skills sectors produce the best economic and social outcomes. However, large education systems have struggled to adapt to a fast-changing world of skills, allowing more agile, wealthier families to take advantage of the best educations. We are also yet to see the gains in personalization other sectors have experienced translate to the re-democratisation of education, so that all children can flourish, regardless of their background.
Beyond school, and as the landscape of society’s workforce changes dramatically, thousands of people, young and old, are having to retrain and upskill. What the country now needs is for society to make the most of our population’s skill set by matching employee potential with societal need. In this regard, AI technology and the utilisation of big data are set to play a key role in permitting the lifelong learning needed to succeed in the new sectors that will drive wealth and growth.
Nat Wei is a graduate from Jesus College, Oxford. He is a social entrepreneur with an avid interest in social reform and is the founder of The Shaftesbury Partnership. He was also a founding member of Teach First and founder of Maker Life. He is a former fellow of the Young Foundation and was a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader.
Anthony is the Chief Executive of Be the Business, which is supporting leaders of small businesses boost their performance, competitiveness, and productivity. By developing and driving initiatives led by business, for business, the organisation is working on a business-lead recovery with the support of government.