Many of the global drivers of transformational change will have major implications for skills development. For example, technological advances will fundamentally alter the way we live, work and relate to one another. Referred to by many as The Fourth Industrial Revolution, evolution in robotics, nanotechnology, 3D printing and biotechnology will require enormous changes in the skill sets needed to thrive in the new landscape. This revolution is also expected to result in significant job creation and displacement, heightened labour productivity and widening skills gaps.
The pledge that “no one will be left behind” in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its accompanying Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), commits member States to plan to end poverty, combat climate change and fight injustice and inequality.
A number of SDGs are particularly relevant in tackling these transformational drivers of change in the world of work:
- SDG 4 on quality education and lifelong learning;
- SDG 5 on gender equality; and,
- SDG 8 on decent work and economic growth.
Bold changes are needed to stimulate hope and drive for the inclusion of all individuals in present and future development processes. Yet, ensuring that inclusion is equitable is not automatic.
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Week two questions include, among others:
4. Different countries have taken different approaches to promoting inclusive growth through skills development. Yet, is it about broadening access to formal training institutions? Is it about improving the quality and perception of TVET? Is it about specific skills that could promote disadvantaged groups in gaining decent and productive jobs? What is your view and experience?
5. What are unique and innovative programmes in your country that reach out and address specific skills needs of disadvantaged groups?
6. Increased automation will change the nature of jobs and low-skilled workers are likely to face highest employment risks. What kind of skills or skills-plus programmes can assist in enhancing their employability and career prospects?
7. We all know that skills alone may not be sufficient for realizing inclusive growth. How do your country’s skills development initiatives connect to broader programmes that promote inclusive employment and equality of opportunities?