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Lifelong Learning Meeting – Westminster

14 June 2019

On Tuesday 11th June Fashion Enter’s CEO Jenny Holloway attended a ‘Skills Data and Future Trends’ meeting at the Local Government Association in Westminster.

Focusing on Lifelong Learning the meeting was about educational institutions providing skills and learning options for adults of all ages and how the employment market is changing with the implementation of automation. Thankfully it wasn’t all doom and gloom with robot technology taking over the world!

The latest data and findings revealed that while some employment sectors such as Data Entry Clerks and Accounting and Payroll Clerks would be on the decrease, new roles such as New Technology Specialists and User Experience Designers were opening up. The aim of the meeting was to discuss and explore how government and educators can prepare and provide learning options for these new job roles.

Key findings from the Skills Data and Future Trends slideshow included:

+ There are still a high number of adults in Central London who do not have a Level 2 qualification.

+ 530,000 residents overall in Central London.

+ The labour market has become ‘hollowed out’ with a 13% decline in the proportion of mid-skilled jobs (skilled administrative, manufacturing and trade jobs), meaning fewer opportunities for progression out of low pay.

+ Creative jobs are the least susceptible to automation.

+ The digitisation of the economy is likely to further increase the demand for creative skills.

+ A key challenge for governments is thus to help workers that are made redundant to transition into the new creative professions.

+ New roles looking ahead include:

  • Data Analysts and Scientists
  • AI and Machine Learning Specialists
  • Big Data Specialists
  • New Technology Specialists
  • Innovation Professionals
  • User Experience Designers

The meeting provided invaluable information on how the employment sector is changing and progressing and how educators need to adapt to ensure skills gaps are filled.


14 June 2019
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