Technology is disrupting the workforce at scale and workers that are unable to adapt to changes risk unemployment and exclusion. As a result, governments and other stakeholders recognise the urgent need to embed lifelong learning across the labour market.
By building evidence about what works in upskilling and reskilling, we can support actors across the skills system to understand which interventions will sufficiently upskill societies, achieve the most sustainable impact and improve the economy.
Through our FutureFit programme, we are designing, implementing and evaluating training programmes in the Nordics and Benelux regions.
Our programme will:
- Identify and evaluate training programmes that are upskilling and reskilling workers at risk of job displacement due to automation
- Test approaches which show promise to improve the motivation of workers to learn new skills for the future of work
In order to:
- Provide workers with direct pathways to employment that are more future-proofed
- Generate new evidence to inform the design of upskilling and reskilling efforts
- Support governments, unions and other stakeholders with practical policy ideas that can boost skills across the workforce at scale
The labour market is changing fast.
- 54% of all employees will require extensive upskilling and reskilling by 2022 (World Economic Forum (2018) ‘The Future of Jobs Report 2018’)
- 85% of jobs in the EU now require at least a basic level of digital skills (Cedefop 2018)
- The OECD predicts that 14% of all jobs will be completely automated and 32% will be radically transformed (OECD Employment Outlook 2019: The Future of Work)
To meet the demands of a fast-changing labour market, governments, unions and industry have increased efforts to understand what skills will be in demand and how those in work could be re-skilled and motivated to keep learning.
However, too little evidence exists to inform the development of specific training approaches or skills that will successfully prepare workers for the jobs of the future.
This exciting, unique programme will be tackling some the biggest challenges we are facing today and help to create a workforce fit for the future.