As the future of work is realized, what makes us human is what will make us employable.
Originally appeared on Pearson.com.
NEW ORLEANS, LA (June 14, 2018) – Pearson and JFF today released a new report entitled Demand-Driven Education, which identifies a new wave in postsecondary education reform required to adapt to the emerging global economy. Demand-Driven Education, the report argues, focuses on ensuring graduates are job-ready, hirable, and have access to rewarding careers over the course of their lifetime by ensuring career-long alignment between education and the job market.
To better understand the systemic change needed, JFF, with the support of Pearson, conducted an in-depth review of the field, interviewing more than 20 education and workforce experts in the US and the UK. JFF also performed original research comparing the data from The Future of Skills with United States Bureau of Labor Statistics projections.
“As the future of work is realized, what makes us human is what will make us employable; education systems are already evolving to develop and measure the skills that matter, but there is much more that can be done,” said Maria Flynn, president and chief executive officer at JFF.
Maria Flynn, CEO and President
As the future of work is realized, what makes us human is what will make us employable; education systems are already evolving to develop and measure the skills that matter, but there is much more that can be done.
“As the world’s leading digital education company, understanding the
future of work is vital to making sure that students are prepared for
lifelong success, no matter how much the job market may change,” said
Leah Jewell, managing director for employability solutions at Pearson.
“This research confirms that students need educational solutions that
meet them where they are in life and that are accessible throughout
one’s career. Pearson’s transition to more personalized digital learning
tools is guaranteeing we are ready to meet this need as economies and
workforce demands shift.”
Demand-Driven Education follows a 2017 report from Pearson, Nesta and Oxford Martin School, The Future of Skills: Employment in 2030, the first study ever to combine diverse human expertise with active machine learning to produce a more nuanced view of future employment trends. The report challenged alarmism over widespread job automation, arguing that the convergence of trends in technological change, globalization, demographic shifts, environmental sustainability, urbanization, increasing inequality and political uncertainty will likely result in a world where work requires specific knowledge and skills, especially complex thinking and interpersonal capabilities.
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JFF is a national nonprofit that drives transformation in the American workforce and education systems. For 35 years, JFF has led the way in designing innovative and scalable solutions that create access to economic advancement for all. Join us as we build a future that works.