The Looming Reskilling Challenge: Endless Opportunity, Even More Complexity
Date Thursday, Nov 24 Time – Room Pavillon
Here's the good news: With automation and AI expected to replace millions of jobs and reshape millions more, the demand for training is expected to grow. But here's the challenge: six-month coding courses and similar quickie, broadly focused approaches are not likely to provide the preparation workers need.
This Spotlight Talk explores why and suggests strategies that training professionals can adopt to help workers and their employers avoid unnecessary career and skills anxiety.
The digital transformation is changing both our assumptions about skills and our systems for upskilling and reskilling workers. This talk addresses that, while:
- Explaining that the digital transformation provides opportunities to up- and re-skill workers but training as usual won’t work.
- Defining key terms: digital transformation, upskilling, reskilling, education, and training.
- Exploring why traditional employer-provided training is not a silver bullet for addressing the skills challenges brought by the digital transformation (and exacerbated by the pandemic).
- Noting that skills are the new currency of the workplace: (a) why skills plus experience matter most to employers and (b) how new technologies across HR and L&D systems to identify skills within organizations, not just from tracking learning but also from tracking work.
- Describing how the system for acquiring skills has changed, including changes in employer-provided training as well as the emergence of an eco-system of providers and opportunities to fill the voide.
- Identifying government policies in many countries that support workers in ongoing re-skilling and upskilling efforts.
- Answering your questions about the situation
- Recognise the bifurcated nature of emerging employment, with the largest opportunities at either the lower-skilled or highly skilled ranges of the spectrum.
- Characterise skills gaps between current and emerging jobs.
- Recognise the impact of working conditions in emerging areas of employment.
- Identify policies and programs that could address these challenges.
Professor, Concordia University, Canada
Saul Carliner is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Education at Concordia University in Montreal, where his research focuses on the design of instructional and informational materials for the workplace, the management of groups that produce them, and related issues of policy.
Also an industry consultant, Carliner has provided strategic advice, and conducted workshops and evaluations for organizations like Alltel Wireless, Boston Scientific, PwC, ST Microelectronics, and several government agencies.
He is the author of the best-selling "Training Design Basics", award-winning "Informal Learning Basics", and co-author of "Career Anxiety: Guidance Through Tough Times", "The e-Learning Handbook", and "An Overview of Training and Development".
He is President of the Canadian Network for Innovation in Education, a Fellow of the Institute for Performance and Learning, past editor of the IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication, and a Fellow and past international president of the Society for Technical Communication.
Solutions Specific Knowledge Leader, NTT Data, Spain
Ildiko has 25 years of professional practice in the field of open education and e-learning. In the frames of 50+ 50K-15M€ EU funded projects, 30+ international conferences and over 100 smaller scale thematic workshops and seminars, she closely observed and engaged in policy dialogues, professional academic collaborations and practice exchange, actively contributing to the modernisation of European Higher Education and education technology in general.
Her current professional focus, most specifically via the implementation of the European Digital Credentials for Learning (EDC), is on supporting the development and uptake of innovative solutions in the field of knowledge, skill and competence documentation and recognition.