I was invited to sit on the panel in the BETT Arena at the recent BETT event at London Excel to discuss The requirement of schools and technology to provide the upskilling and future career readiness for schools worldwide. Joining me on the panel were Nina Skero, CEO – CEBR, Richard Henderson, Director of Global Education Solutions – Lenovo, Donna Shah, Digital Learning Advisor - Cognita chaired by Helen Skelton.
For employers unable to attend I’d give a quick run down of some of the main issues that were raised:
- How can schools prepare children with the technical skills? A report by CEBR had shown that there is widespread use across both primary and secondary education however with more investment much could be improved and put the next generation ahead of the curve.
- What are recruiters looking for in STEM graduates? Apart from a numerate skillset employers also seek broader skills in problem solving, communication, interpersonal skills and commercial awareness in order to generate earlier performance gains.
- Should we be wary of focusing too much on technical skillsets? The panel were in agreement that these skills are essential as the economy moves forward however with increased automation there maybe a similar increase in demand for more analytical skills to make decisions on improved insights into data.
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