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Ewart Keep, Director the UK Centre for Skills Knowledge and Organisational Performance (SKOPE) at the Universities of Oxford and Cardiff was recently interviewed by Kathryn Ryan, National Radio Nine to Noon.

It is not clear, he said, what jobs will look like in ten years’ time: how many jobs will be created by technology, or how many jobs will be lost.  Right now we have a large part of our workforce employed in low paid, low skilled jobs and people may well have 50 year working lives.  Governments have been good at funding education for people at the beginning of their working lives, but in the future there needs to be a lot more investment in lifelong learning.

Ewart Keep talked about the need for new policy and funding models for upskilling people and keeping them learning.

Employers, he said, have withdrawn their responsibility for training their lower paid workers.  These people have very little impetus to learn, and that is a huge problem for policy makers.

Many people in these types of jobs, he said, get involved in learning – not because of their jobs – but because they want to become better parents, to help their kids with their homework, or because of their involvement with community activities.  

He noted the success of Scandinavian countries in providing lifelong learning, and noted a new scheme in Singapore which gives adults S $500 to spend on updating their skills.

If you would like to listen to the podcast go to http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/ninetonoon/audio/201820358/getting-jobs-in-the-future  (October 18 2016)