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Tuesday 14 April 2020


The future of work, skills and learning in a post-Covid-19 world

As one of the many consequences of the Covid-19 outbreak, and the government response, our labour market is in turmoil.

The future of skills, work and learning

Mass redundancies, job restructuring and widespread cancellations have caused rapid and unpredictable change in business across the country. Many companies are seeking to survive this period of total collapse in demand; forced to cut costs, reduce liabilities and optimise. For some business the pandemic may accelerate the cost-cutting processes of automation that were already underway. Changes that were being heralded as the future of work – remote, smart, decentralised. In education too, change may well be accelerated. All over the world schools and educational institutions are trying to adapt, and the demand for remote learning tolls, resources and platforms has spiked.

In this podcast we ask: how has the future of work and learning been fundamentally altered by the outbreak, and has it merely brought forward the threshold to inevitable, automated future? Will our traditional model of learning and examinations return unchanged? Or will a debate be sparked about the effectiveness of conventional education?

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