WeWork is turning work experience on its head with the launch of a new mentorship scheme. The tech giant is working in partnership with Hackney Council and The Diana Award to bring students into its co-working spaces across London to learn the skills they need for the future. The first scheme begins this week with Year 10-12 pupils from two Hackney-based schools, Our Lady’s Convent High School and Cardinal Pole, taking part. The 34 students were interviewed and selected to take part in the scheme, which aims to help them define the careers they are interested in. There are three elements to the programme. The students will take part in two days of work experience with 17 start-ups and companies that call WeWork home, such as Teardusk, a social enterprise and creative agency, and Centrica Hive, Centrica’s smart home tech platform. Teardusk’s founder Mathieu Ajan, said the project was personally very important to him, as the start-up’s … [Read more...] about WeWork mentorship scheme gives Hackney kids skills for the future
Workforce of the future
Typing ‘the future of work’ into a search engine provides a plethora of options and opinions. Why? Primarily, this sense of both confusion and opportunity is related to the accelerating speed of technological change. Businesses everywhere are asking questions such as do physical offices still matter, what impact Artificial Intelligence will have on humans, and what will this mean for their teams, their clients, and even the concept of a career. Whether discussions are around engaging clients and teammates in a Virtual Reality (VR) world, or humans and robots working in silo, there is a huge mountain to climb before can may bridge concepts of today with tomorrow’s realities.The good news for these visions of a different way of working is that businesses are fast embedding digital into the heart of what they do. Moreover, they are doing so in a way that focuses on the critical aspect of process simplification. Digitisation is allowing … [Read more...] about Step up or step out: technology is fundamental to reshaping the workplace of the future
In today's tech-driven world, the skills we develop in our personal and professional lives are becoming increasingly intertwined, and it starts young. When children code through games like CodeMonkey, they aren’t just playing, but learning vital skills that will support them throughout their careers. We are living through a complex digital revolution, and while keeping up with the fast-paced nature of technology may seem daunting, these skills are now becoming essential to almost every job type, from HR professional to archaeologist, film maker to food scientist. Read more: Here's what the UK must do to enable the next generation of astronauts However, although the vast majority (84 per cent) of young people recognise that many jobs in the future will involve STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), they don’t tend to view these skills as relevant to their own career aspirations. For example, our research found that girls are looking for the opportunity to … [Read more...] about Young people need science, tech and math skills to perform the jobs of the future
The age of automation—long talked about as a thing of the future—has already arrived, and it’s here to stay. Emerging technologies like IoT, AI and machine learning are seeing rapid adoption, and existing technologies like big data analytics and the cloud are becoming firmly embedded in the way we do business.But this fundamental shift in how and where we use intelligent technology is only the beginning. We should expect exponential growth and turnover within the next 10 to 15 years, where new technologies will continue to change nearly every aspect of our lives, from the houses we live in, to the devices we interact with, and perhaps most importantly, how we work.As more young generations join the workforce as digital natives, they bring with them a born skillset to thrive and operate in a completely digital environment. In order to stay competitive, relevant and productive, that means the rest of us need to ensure we’re digitally fluent and ready for the next … [Read more...] about The workforce of the future is already here: are you ready?
Five years from now, your workplace will be completely unrecognizable compared to today. That’s an easy prediction to make, given how rapidly changing technology, markets and employment dynamics are reshaping organizations. But what will those differences actually look like? And which of today’s new technologies will have the biggest impact on the future?“Technology is going to change the workforce,” says David Burns, senior vice president and CIO of manufacturing and supply chain at GE. “As IT professionals, we need to figure out how to apply that technology to make people’s lives more efficient and manage changing demographics and changes within our industries.”Here are some of the biggest changes Burns and other experts foresee.1. Skills will matter less than the ability to learn new onesAccording to Oxford University research, the “half-life” of a job skill dropped from 30 years to 5 years between 1984 and 2014 — and … [Read more...] about The future of work: How to thrive through IT’s latest revolution