About Nesta

Nesta is an innovation foundation. For us, innovation means turning bold ideas into reality and changing lives for the better. We use our expertise, skills and funding in areas where there are big challenges facing society.

The world of work is changing rapidly. How can we make sure people can learn the skills they need for the jobs they want?

As a result of technological progress and demographic changes, more than six million people in the UK are currently employed in occupations that are likely to change radically or disappear entirely by 2030. Without immediate action, there’s a risk these people will be trapped in insecure, low-value, low-pay employment – or worse, forced out of work altogether.

Nesta is involved in a range of research and practical ideas to tackle the challenges presented by the changing labour market: from data-driven careers advice and tools tailored to individual learning needs, to empowering workers with the skills they need for tomorrow and equipping today's children with more resilient skills for a changing jobs market.

Our vision is for a labour market system where information about skills and careers is open and empowering for workers; where technology is harnessed to reduce – not drive – inequalities in access to jobs; and where policies give everyone the power to overcome systemic barriers that stop them participating in good-quality, meaningful work. Our manifesto Precarious to Prepared shares recommendations on how we can bring this vision to life.