Future-proofing our global workforces of tomorrow

Published: 12 Oct 2017

Young Award participants around the world are leading the way in preparing for the workplace of the future.

Award holders around the world could be facing a head start on entering the workplace of the future, based on a recent report by the World Economic Forum. 

The annual Human Capital Report, released in September, investigated how different countries are harnessing the skillsets and abilities of their populations – and how well prepared they are for the workplace of the future.

It finds that “many of today’s education systems are already disconnected from the skills needed to function in today’s labour markets.” Further, it highlights the focus of most current education systems is on “developing cognitive skills”, however the soft, behavioural and non-cognitive skills “that nurture an individual’s capacity to collaborate, innovate, self-direct and problem-solve are increasingly important.”

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Schools and organisations across 140 countries and territories around the world have been tackling this issue first hand, by ensuring their young people also have the opportunity to learn outside the classroom, with initiatives such as The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award. In 2016 alone, the Award helped more than 1.3 million young people start to develop the soft, life and entrepreneurship skills needed for whatever the future will bring. 

John May, Secretary General of The Duke of Edinburgh International Award Foundation says:

“With the predicted rise of the Fourth Industrial Revolution and huge evolutions in the way we operate, our technological requirements and predicted workplace of tomorrow, it is incredibly important that young people develop the life skills and emotional intelligence they will need to adapt, the confidence to do so and resilience and grit to see it through. There is no such thing as a job for life anymore – today’s young people must be prepared for constant change and evolution and to do so, they now need to challenge themselves outside of the classroom, as much as they do in it.”

“The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award has been helping to challenge, empower and inspire young people across the world for more than 60 years now and today it is as, if not more important, than it ever has been. All young people need to find out what they are capable of – and what inspires and motivates them – and we are incredibly proud of the part we can play in helping to achieve that.”