Vibrant economy blog

The future of work: embracing new skills and ways of working

The future world of work touches on issues such as the pace of technology development, current and future business priorities and skills requirements. How can we make sure business, communities and people have the skills they need to grow? How do we make sure no one is left behind?

Our vibrant economy discussions highlighted a number of ways in which people could collectively address these questions.

Business and education: bridging the gap

Young adults who’ve had four or more interactions with employers at school are 86 percent less likely to be NEET (not in education, employment or training). They also earn 16 percent more. Grant Thornton is supporting upskilling and forging links with education with its School Enterprise Programme. This fosters financial and entrepreneurial skills in 11–13 year olds and supports global entrepreneurs in the developing world.

Learn about how one organisation is helping people and businesses to prepare for the future of work (link to Kathryn Parsons case study)

What can business do?

By engaging with local schools and training providers business can help make sure that the UK businesses and communities have enough of the right skills. It can

  • build relationships between with local schools and training organisations by offering work experience and by giving talks.
  • encourage its employees to give their time and share their experience by becoming mentors.

Learn more about what the future of work holds and read our insights

Consider the potential impacts and opportunities it will create for your organisation