The country is now in recession. It’s the deepest recession on record and the outlook is bleak. Protecting employment is necessary, with some individuals moving jobs and others changing careers entirely. To do so, some will need to upskill.
Nesta recently declared that a Lifetime Skills Guarantee is the right long-term aspiration, but more needs to be done in the short term to help adults to find out what their skills are, and how to use them to find different jobs or even careers.
More than six million people in the UK are currently employed in occupations that are likely to change radically or disappear entirely by 2030.Precarious to Prepared, Nesta 2019
This is where the CareerTech Challenge comes in. Since April 2020, we have been working with innovators to test, develop and launch exciting new digital learning platforms. These platforms use innovative technology to keep learners engaged and build career resilience, for example using machine learning to predict where a learner might get stuck, or gamification to keep a learner engaged and rewarded in the learning journey.
It’s now time to open up these platforms to get more people learning and we need your help! Do you have employees, members, friends and/or relatives who are interested in exploring a new career or upskilling themselves?
We are particularly looking for learners who are over the age of 25, in England, who do not have a degree and are employed, furloughed or recently made redundant from a role that could be replaced by automation.
Looking to improve your Maths or English skills?
Need to improve your CV and brush up on the skills for the digital workplace?
Want to understand what skills you already have and how to take them a step further?
Or want to change career entirely?
Businesses can benefit from any of the above solutions for employees, or may be interested in our innovators specifically designed for workplace use:
To find out more, please email us at [email protected]
Nesta is also leading the Rapid Recovery Challenge, and will announce the twelve financial and job recovery finalists in December. These will contribute further to improving employment opportunities by providing pathways to responsible financial assistance and jobs.
Of course, in times of hardship it is even more important to look after yourself and others. Mental Health at Work provides a wealth of links to resources that can help.