It is clear that skills needed at work are changing and the pace at which this is happening in increasing. Technologies such as Uber, Airbnb, online shopping, and self-driving vehicles have eliminated thousands of jobs, while making way for the creation of jobs requiring 21st Century skills – which are predominately Digital Skills, and involve jobs that design, manufacture, program and maintain the technology.
How should schools respond to prepare young people for these new skills as we approach the 4th industrial revolution?
Kenneth Baker, the Chairman of Edge Foundation, a leading UK based Education Charity believes that the future workforce will need technical expertise in areas of design and computing and skills that robots struggle with – flexibility, empathy, creativity and enterprise. Lord Baker said in the Edge Foundation’s recently released manifesto “Knowledge is as necessary as ever, but it is not enough”… “It needs to be connected to the real world through practical application ranging from engineering to IT to the performing, creative and culinary arts. We need a 21st century education for a 21st century economy.”
At PensmithSTEM International we recognise the importance of combining the necessary skills and knowledge to prepare our students for future jobs. Our focus is on 21st century skills and Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths education. This is delivered through interdisciplinary STEM projects enabling students access to engaging, hands on, and practical experience in what they are learning, whether this is a project to prevent people getting sick from diseases carried in water to the design of housing to protect them from flooding or earthquakes.