The skills gap persists

In global learning, we think a lot about a ‘critical trinity’ – knowledge, skills and attitudes. For global learning to be really effective, we need to address all three.

On Monday 17th December, I attended the launch of the Skills Commission’s latest report, entitled ‘Still in Tune? The skills system and the changing structures of work’. It’s a clear, thoughtful report that deals with a wide range of skills-related issues, including the challenges of globalisation and technological change. And it makes one thing very plain – when it comes to the ‘skills’ part of our ‘critical trinity’, we haven’t got it quite right yet.

As people work longer, and change their jobs more often, and move across countries and markets, the need for up-skilling and training throughout the career is growing all the time. Skills providers, including in the Further Education sector, are struggling to keep up, and to provide workers with skills that fit our international world.

At Think Global, we’ve been developing work on the kinds of ‘global skills’ that we need to succeed and flourish in a globalised world. Following our successful Debate event last June, we’re extending our focus to look at particular sectors and groups involved in global skills and competencies. The Further Education sector has an important role to play – so we’ve decided to kick off with a public event examining the links between the Skills Commission report findings, further education provision in the UK, and the need for global skills. Details are still being finalised, so watch this space!

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