From K-pop and K-drama to ‘K-learning cities’: lessons for the digital era
In recent years, South Korea has been gaining more and more attention in the global market in many areas: for example, K-pop, K-drama and K-food.Read more
Digitalisation’s impacts on occupations and skills – the challenge for English qualifications
Across the developed and developing world the adoption of digital technologies is having an impact on the structure of occupations and careers, and consequently on the skills needed to undertake jobs and job roles.Read more
Digitalisation and English policy capacity
One of the key lessons to emerge from comparative research on national policy responses to digitalisation, automation and AI is that nations start in very different places in terms of their levels of capacity to confront these issues.Read more
Will generative AI lead to a degenerative workforce?
In the final year of our research programme, we’ve witnessed what’s widely believed to be a step-change in digital innovation, resulting from advances in generative AI. In some ways it’s a light bulb moment!Read more
The ‘future worker’: the missing piece in the socio-technical imagery of the ‘future of work’
Perhaps, we have put too much attention on the ‘future of work’ that we lose sight of the ‘future worker’. I was reminded of this in a discussion I recently had with a robotics engineer, Q. His company creates cutting-edge robotics products and services.Read more
If skills are the answer, we could be asking the wrong question
I recently participated in a panel session at the Global Lifelong Learning Summit in Singapore. At the end of the session, we were asked for a final comment which led me to suggest, ‘if skills are the answer, we could be asking the wrong question.’Read more
What does the digital labour market mean for the competition for jobs?
Digital innovation is rapidly transforming how labour markets shape the competition for jobs. People’s increasing online presence means that to recruit talent, companies increasingly have to operate in that digital space and with digital tools.Read more
From paper and pulp to a digital front runner – Finland
Internationally, Finland is often referred to as a model country when it comes to digital transformation. Human capital investments are a central feature in the Finnish success formula.Read more
Work Integrated Learning for future-oriented capabilities
In this blog I am arguing that when we place the emphasis on ‘integrated’, in work integrated learning, it should contribute to changing who our learners are and constantly become.Read More
Why the UK government is failing to address digital skill needs
What is the UK government doing to identify and address future digital skill needs? What follows explores what is being done and points to some of the major gaps that will need filling if a comprehensive and coherent policy response is to emerge.
Digital skills in lower skilled jobs
What are digital skills, how are digital skills requirements changing for those in lower-skilled jobs, and how challenging are they to learn?
Skills-based hiring: More equal opportunities for all?
To what extent does skills-based hiring hold onto the promise of creating more equal opportunities for all in the labour market? And, if indeed so, does this mean that the degree is no longer important?Read More
The current state of play and future possibilities of using A.I. for labour market analysis
The advance in digital information and the use of artificial intelligence (A.I.) have improved the quantity and quality of new labour market information substantially in the last two decades.Read More
Lifelong learning and the fourth industrial revolution
It is still widely accepted that today’s technological advances require a strategic approach to lifelong learning, by increasing the volume and flexibility of human capital to deliver greater individual and shared prosperity.Read More
New methods to understand the labour market in the digital economy
As part of the Digital Futures of Work Programme, we brought together over 30 experts from Europe and Asia to discuss new methods to improve our understanding of skills anticipation, job redesign, and labour markets in a context of rapid digital innovation.Read More
The curious absence of a coherent digital skills policy in the UK
The impacts of digitalisation on skills are, at best, muted in current UK policy debates. Given the importance of digital technologies, why is this? What follows will argue that there are two key reasons.Read More
The future of no work?
At the very beginning of my journey, I was crowing with the flock that “disruption is here”. Armed increasingly with worrying labour market skills data, I pushed same bandwagon that a fundamental skills gaps required quick education, institution, and government intervention.Read More
The emergence of the digital labour market and its perils
Rapid digital innovation is transforming how people look for jobs and how companies recruit. Digital tools give job seekers new ways of describing themselves and employers new sources of data on candidates, in real-time and at low cost. But are there hidden perils?Read More
Living, learning and working in the digital archipelago
When countries across the world went into lockdown due to the pandemic, the shift to online operations was a challenge for many. In Finland, this was not the case as Finland is highly digital, but more importantly, remote and hybrid working models in Finland are rooted in a culture of societal trust.Read more
The future of work is distributed: the challenge of our time
The owner of a small business has difficulty hiring executives to support his firm’s pivot to digital. This is in Singapore, where locals aspire to join large transnational corporations or the public sector.Read more
Looking for a shelter against automation? Your boss might be part of the answer
There is a lot of discussion about robots taking our jobs. Much of it is speculative, usually forecasts based on the opinions of AI experts, who tend to be too enthusiastic about the potential of digital technologies.Read more
There’s a lot at stake in the future of work: a reminder that technology is not destiny
All industrial revolutions are characterised by changes in the nature of work. This is not just a change in the types of jobs people do to earn a living – from farm labourer to factory worker to computer software engineer, etc.Read more